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Essential Fire Safety Tips for Homeowners

In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires, which accounted for 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths and nearly $7 billion in direct damage. While these are troubling statistics, the good news is that you can drastically minimize the risk of fire in your home by taking just a few simple safety measures. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds (62 percent) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or non-functional smoke alarms. Furthermore, the NFPA reports that homes with smoke alarms typically have a death rate that is 40 percent to 50 percent lower than the rate for homes without them.

These statistics, coupled with the fact that over half (52 percent) of fire deaths occur between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. – when most  residents are generally sleeping – it’s not hard to see why smoke alarms save lives, prevent injuries and decrease property damage.

Nonetheless, smoke alarms are only useful if they work. That’s why it’s imperative that you routinely check each detector once per month to verify functionality. You should also change the batteries at least once per year. You can buy smoke alarms individually at your local hardware store, but it’s best to have them professionally installed and connected to a monitoring center. Many national security companies, such as ADT, offer affordable monitored fire alarm services as part of a total home security package. Check out www.Securitychoice.com for more information.

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