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Smoke Sensors - placement is key

When placing your smoke sensors, it's important to understand that in the event of a fire, you may only have minutes to escape safely. Therefore you want to have adequate coverage in your home.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends:

  • at least one smoke sensor on every level of the home
  • one smoke sensor in every bedroom
  • one smoke sensor outside each sleeping area

Also, they suggest you conduct regular maintenance on your sensors, consisting of gently vacuuming them monthly to keep dirt and dust from blocking the sensor.

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Don't forget the fire extinguishers

Knowing where to place fire extinguishers, and what kind to have on hand, is an important part of staying safe and prepared in your home. The National Fire Protection Association suggests the following for the placement of extinguishers:

Considered as "must haves"

In the home:

  • One extinguisher on every level of your home, no more than 40 feet apart
  • Extinguishers should be 2-A:10-B-C rated

In the garage:

  • Choose a 3-A:40B-C Garage/Workshop rated unit due to the volume of flammable liquids commonly found in this environment

Considered as a "should have"

  • A UL-rated fire extinguisher in the kitchen

Know how to use a fire extinguisher

There is a simple way to properly use a fire extinguisher. Here, as outlined by NFPA, it suggests you stand 5 feet away from the fire and proceed the following way:

  • P - Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
  • A - Aim low at the base of the fire.
  • S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly to discharge the extinguishing agent. (When the agent first hits the fire, the fire may briefly flare up. This should be expected.)
  • S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side, moving carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire.

Stay alert, stay safe and stay protected by having the right smoke and heat sensors in your home.


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