Fire Safety Equipment to Keep in Your Home
When it comes to fire safety, being prepared is half the battle. A huge part of being prepared for an emergency situation is having the proper safety equipment inside of your home. Plus, doing so will provide you and your family with peace of mind. Here are some must-have pieces of safety equipment to help provide you with a superior level of protection.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can be detrimental to you and your family. It is produced any time that you burn fuel such as lighting a grill, using a fireplace, turning on a gas range, using a furnace and more. If too much carbon monoxide builds up inside of your home, it can result in flu-like symptoms. Inhaling too much carbon monoxide can have devastating effects, so it is important to have multiple carbon monoxide alarms to alert you if levels get too high.
Smoke alarms are essential in detecting fires before they erupt and get much worse. Installing the proper number of smoke detectors can make all of the difference in the safety of you and your family. Make sure that you have a working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home as well as outside of any sleeping areas and inside bedrooms. You should also test that your smoke alarms are working at least once per month.
Fire extinguishers play a vital role in fire safety. Data shows that in approximately 80 percent of all fire incidents, a portable fire extinguisher was the only fire tool needed to put the fire out. If a fire erupts in your home and you catch it in an early stage, you can opt to use a fire extinguisher to put it out. Only do so if you are educated about how to use one, and ensure that you are using the proper type of extinguisher as well.
Fire Escape Ladders
Escape ladders can help you evacuate your home in the case of an emergency. They are especially ideal for safely evacuating from a second or third-story building. Plus, they are collapsible, so they are easy to discreetly store.
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