Here in Orange County we are fortunate to have pleasant weather all year around. However, it really will be springtime soon and that means spring forward for Daylight Saving Time. Yes, it’s that time of the year, and while I’m sure you all turned your clocks forward, did you also change your smoke alarm batteries? Working smoke alarms double your families’ chances of surviving a home fire and unfortunately, there are on average 400,000 residential house fires each year here in the United States.
Every 32 minutes someone has suffered personal injury due to a house fire, and every 162 minutes, someone has died. Most fire victims die due to smoke inhalation and not burns, but more importantly, these can be prevented if you keep your smoke detectors in working order. Smoke alarms buy families valuable escape time, but they can’t save you unless they are in working order! Unfortunately, about two-thirds of fire deaths take place in homes with no smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms. The most common reasons why alarms did not work were missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
If you have suffered a personal injury due to a house fire or any other type of a fire emergency, don’t hesitate to contact a professional personal injury attorney as soon as practical.
For best results, most households should install smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms. Replace batteries annually, and test the smoke alarms monthly. Statistics show that even though household fires are increasing each year, deaths and injuries are down significantly, due to in large part to more household with good detectors.
What type of detector is best for your home? While shopping for smoke alarms, you should be aware that there are two main types; ionization and photoelectric. While both types are effective smoke sensors, ionization type detectors respond quickly to flaming fires, while photoelectric type detectors respond sooner to smoldering fires. Since you as a consumer can’t really predict what type of fire that may break out in your home, many safety standards groups, including the National Fire Protection Association recommends installing both types for overall security.
Consumers should also consider interconnected smoke alarms. Interconnected alarms are connected to each other by a hard wire or by wireless technology. If one alarm is triggered, all interconnected alarms in the home sound, alerting consumers to the fire earlier.
Many residential fires are preventable.