DIY Fire Alarms
When was the last time you tested your smoke detectors? Last month? Last year? You’re not alone! I walked into one of my friends’ homes and saw her smoke detector sitting on the bar. She had taken it down to replace the battery and hadn’t put it back up… for weeks.
Do you have that one smoke detector in your house that went off all the time, so you pulled the battery out of it? The detector could be faulty, or it could just be placed in the wrong spot.
Recent reports have shown that the type of smoke detector that is in 90% of homes is ineffective and won’t alert you in time to get your family to safety. This type of smoke detector goes off when you burn toast, but not when your home is smoldering. Take a look…
You might say, “Yes, I tested my alarms last month.” Good job! You know the battery is fresh and the alarm will sound! Have you tested them at night when your kids are asleep?
Research shows that children can sleep through fire alarms. It sounds a little cruel, but consider testing your fire alarms once the kids have gone to bed as a fire drill. (Just as important as whether or not your alarms work is whether or not your kids know what to do if there is a fire. Make a fire escape plan and practice it. For help on that, go here.)
Many homeowners rely on smoke alarms they purchased from a hardware or big-box store. The problem with that? Over 20% of these smoke alarms in homes aren’t working due to dead or missing batteries, or have been disabled due to repeated false alarms. The video shows that the most popular type of smoke detector may not even work in time, which is a terrifying thought for families.
See, there are several ways that DIY fire safety can go wrong. Wrong placement, poor quality, ineffective technology, dead batteries, and so on…
There’s a better way to approach this crucial area of a life safety.
Trusting the fire alarm design and installation to the experts at Ener-Tel eliminates each of these threats. We know which devices to use, and where to place them to keep you as safe as possible from the threat of fire. Also, each of our fire systems is monitored. This means that when your alarm sounds, a truck from the local fire department will be dispatched. Our fire alarms not only sound at the device itself, but also set off a siren in the main part of the house. Additional sirens or flashing lights can always be installed to wake hard sleepers.
I applaud DIYers. But I also know that when it comes to taking care of my family, the stakes are way too high to trust in something that may (or may not…) work the way it’s supposed to.