Keep commercial and residential occupants safe from fire this summer.
Keep commercial and residential occupants safe from fire this summer. Structures are even more vulnerable to fire damage in the summer months.
Nearly 5,000 fires take place per day during the summer, which ranks second in fire incidence rates compared to other seasons, according to the United States Fire Administration. The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with an emergency plan. A no cost SERVPRO Emergency Response Profile (ERP) gives your family, employees or clients the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. Statistics and tips provided by National Fire Prevention Association.
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