Did you know?:
- Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep.
- One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
- Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
- Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
Protect your family and reduce the risk of a fire in your home by having Amherst Alarm install a monitored smoke detector.
Ensure each level of your home is equipped with at least one smoke detector. Always place smoke detectors in each bedroom and outside of every sleeping area. Standard smoke detectors are only useful if they work, so be sure to test detectors each month, change all batteries twice a year and replace the entire smoke detector every ten years.
The best way to protect your home from fire damage is through a monitored smoke detector. In the event of a fire, one of our trained dispatchers in our 24-hour Monitoring Response Center will contact you to verify the emergency and dispatch an emergency responder immediately. This quick exchange can save your home from major damage or destruction.
Although alarms are a great way to alert you of a fire, they cannot contain or extinguish a fire. While you should not attempt to fight a major home fire, you can be prepared to extinguish a small fire quickly before it spreads to other areas of your home. Always keep at least one fire extinguisher on every level of your home and in areas prone to fire such as the kitchen, the furnace and the water heater. Be sure everyone in your family knows where the fire extinguishers are and how to use them.
To further reduce your risk of a home fire, implement these fire safety tips into your everyday life:
- Never leave fire or heated surfaces unattended (stoves, candles, space heaters, barbecues, etc.).
- Clean and inspect fireplaces on a regular basis.
- Develop and practice a fire escape plan with your family.
No one can completely prevent a fire, so it’s important for you and your family to be prepared in case of an emergency. The proper equipment and safety precautions could save the lives of you and your family.