When it comes to fires in the home, most of us are of the opinion that it will never happen in our homes – if this is your way of thinking, you couldn’t be more wrong. Imagine getting home from work one day and finding a fire engine in your driveway – this happened to me once and, believe me, it is not a good feeling.
Using a Smoke Detector
Studies have shown that the majority of serious household fires could have been prevented if there were working smoke detectors in place. Many people don’t see the advantage to having smoke detectors – a lot of people think that they would easily be able to smell and see the smoke before the fire gets out of control.
This is usually true – if you are at home and awake when the fire starts – unfortunately, most deaths in fires are caused by smoke inhalation – you and your family could be sleeping when the fire starts and simply never wake up because of this toxic smoke.
That’s why smoke detectors are crucial to the safety of you and your family. They will wake you and your family and alert your neighbours to the problem.
Making Sure that they are in Good Working Order
Of course, it is important to make sure that the smoke detectors are in good working order at all times – what you do not need is a smoke detector with a flat battery when there is a fire.
Regular tests are going to be necessary to make sure that the smoke detectors are working properly – conduct these at least once every two months. Always make sure to keep spare batteries on hand and, for safety’s sake, it is advisable to change batteries at least annually.
A good idea is to schedule this change of batteries at the same time as your annual building inspections. You will find that the inspector will also give the smoke alarms the once over whilst they are there.
Using a Professional Inspector
Brisbane Building and Pest Inspections will go so far as to advise you on the ideal placement of your smoke detectors and will also point out any potential fire hazards.
Brisbane Building and Pest Inspections takes service to a whole new level and will ensure that you get a detailed report on potential hazards to your family as well as possible structural problems with the actual home itself. You really cannot afford to take a chance with your family’s safety.