Home Fire Alarms
Alert You To Smoke Or Fire
Home fire alarms save lives. Your home or
apartment should have a fire alarm installed for the protection of your family and your possessions. These
alarms are not expensive and they are not difficult to install.
If for some reason you are unable to buy and install a fire alarm, contact your
local fire department as they might have a program available to assist you.
Difficulty of installation varies among home fire alarm brands. Some are hard wired into your
home and require an electrician. The type of fire alarm most of us are used to seeing can often be installed
by simply removing the adhesive backing and sticking the alarm to the ceiling or wall.
An important thing to remember about home alarms is that they need live batteries in order to
function. It is easy to forget about your alarm batteries.
need to be replaced once a year so you should make a habit of replacing them on an important day each year so
that you won't forget. The batteries should be checked monthly. Your fire alarm should last for around ten
years but it is wise to follow the manufacturer's directions on when to replace your alarm.
If your fire alarm goes off because of smoke from cooking, don't shut the unit off. Instead,
clear the air by turning on a fan or waving a towel around by the alarm. If you turn your alarm off, you
might forget to turn it back on. Some new models of home fire alarms have temporary silence buttons that you
can press to shut the alarm off for short periods and you don't have to worry about turning it back
You probably need multiple home fire alarms as one unit is not enough to protect your entire
home. You should install one on each level of your house. Since many fatal fires occur at night, you may want
to install an alarm in each bedroom as well especially if they are upstairs.
There are two kinds of home fire alarms, the photoelectric alarms and the ionization alarms.
Photoelectric alarms are faster to pick up smoldering fires that produce a lot of smoke.
Ionization alarms are quicker to pick up flames and fast moving fires. The ideal fire alarm
combines both of these detection systems. These types of alarms are called dual sensor smoke
First Alert is a popular brand of home alarms. The First Alert SA302CN
model is a dual sensor smoke and fire detector. It can be easily mounted to the wall or ceiling with screws.
It comes with a 9 volt battery that should be changed yearly.
A low battery alarm will sound when the battery needs to be replaced. The battery can be
easily accessed without having to remove the unit from the wall.
First Alert recommends that you test the alarm weekly by pressing the test button. When the
alarm is activated by smoke from cooking, it can be silenced by using any household remote control device and
pressing the mute button. First Alert recommends that you replace the alarm every ten years.
There are many brands of home fire alarms on the market. They can be readily purchased from
local retailers or online. They are important safety devices for your home; no home should be without one.
Install a fire alarm and check the batteries often so in case there is a fire, your family can get out in
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