Smoke Alarms = Rebates & Discounts!!

All new residential construction requires the installation of smoke alarms, usually on each floor of the home, as well as outside each sleeping area. Many newer smoke alarms can also detect carbon monoxide. This silent and odorless killer is one of the primary causes of accidental death because family members can be fatally poisoned while sleeping.

smoke alarm 2 property guidingSmoke alarms come in two types. Photoelectric alarms can sense smoky and smoldering fires. Ionization alarms are quicker at detecting flames and fast-moving fire. Dual-sensor smoke alarms combine both these features, and are recommended by the USFA because it’s impossible to predict the type of fire that may erupt in a home. There are also smoke alarms that vibrate and/or flash strobe lights to alert home dwellers who are vision-impaired or hard of hearing.

The leading U.S. manufacturer of residential smoke alarms, as well as home fire extinguishers, is Kidde. Their dual-sensor smoke alarms were the subject of a voluntary recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in the summer of 2009 because of a malfunction caused by an electrostatic discharge created during their installation, rendering them inoperable. Make sure that you install any portable smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors safely, and test them after installation. You can also ask your local fire department to do this for you.

Many smoke alarms are hard-wired into the home’s electrical system, but may still have batteries for backup in the event of a power outage. They also typically have a test button. Make sure you test them once a month, and replace the batteries once a year. If you hear a chirping noise, this is a signal that the batteries are weak and need replacing.

Some smoke alarms have “nuisance” buttons. If you burn something that you’re cooking and accidentally set off the alarm, you can press the nuisance button to turn it off. Remember not to actually disable the alarm; you may forget to reset it later. Simply clear the room of smoke instead.

Rebates and Discounts

Under most standard homeowners and even renters insurance policies today, having smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers in the home will qualify policyholders for rebates and discounts on their premiums. Some newer homes now have sprinkler systems, and various municipalities around the U.S. are mandating their installation, depending on the square footage of the home.

In summary, installing dual-sensor smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as taking some common-sense precautions and performing regular household maintenance, will help keep your family safe from the destructive and potentially lethal effects of a house fire. Schedule an inspection with your Comprehensive Building Consultants inspector to see where you can fortify your home against this threat.

Feel free to ask a question or comment below.  You can also contact me at 239-481-3977 OR russell@bestinspector.com

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Posted on October 16, 2012, in Inspections and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I just wanted to make any visitors to your website from the UK aware that Northern Ireland has announced this week that they will be the first UK region to make carbon monoxide alarms a legal requirement in all new homes.

    Although a step in the right direction this does still not go far enough and we need the UK government to make the installation of CO units compulsory in all households in all regions as it seems that we are still not fully aware of the facts and real dangers of deadly carbon monoxide as here in the UK we have on average 30 deaths a year which could be avoided.

    We should all be lobbying David Cameron (UK Prime Minister) to make them compulsory!

  2. I am on the board of a homeowners association in Boca Raton, and Premier fire did the fire alarm maintenance and inspection on our buildings. They are committed to working along with you no matter how big or small the job is. They are the best at what they do. Check out their website http://www.premierfirefl.com or call (954) 797-7692. I would recommend them to anyone.

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