Checking Your Smoke Detectors
It's that time of year again, and Spring is coming. With the season comes the need to do some cleaning and checkups with our indoor equipment, an essential part of management for our home and properties. Making sure that your smoke detector is operational for your home or for your residential and commercial tenants are most crucial points of safety.
Is there a time when you turned off the smoke alarm when cooking, because the smoke had set off the alarm, and had forgetten to turn it back on? These are the small critcal moments that can be disastrous the next time there is a fire. Smoke detectors should be placed outside of each bedroom in the house and on each level, and placed in public corridors and other internal public space in commercial buildings.
Testing these smoke detectors regularly on a monthly basis is a good practice, and should not be overlooked. Change the batteries often as recommended by the manufacturer, and replace any smoke detector that is more than ten years old. Make sure you investigate any false alarms to make sure that everything is according to code, and have an emergency fire escape plan.
Along with smoke detectors, every household and property should have a fire extinguisher on hand for those small unexpected fires.
- It is important that you can lift and hold the fire extinguisher safely, just in case of an emergency.
- The higher the number rating on the extinguisher means the more fire it can put out.
- Have your extinguisher serviced and inspected regularly, and recharge it after use.
- Install your fire extinguisher in an accessible area, near an escape route and away from potential fire hazards.
Your life is your concern and the concern of others. Making sure that safety measures are in place are crucial to safe living.