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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Light My Fire

Although October was National Fire Prevention Month, you can never be too late to talk fire safety! It is recommended that you install smoke detectors in all hallways and bedrooms in your home, as well as on each level. While my house gets a big fat "F" for having a smoke detector in every bedroom it does get an "A" for having one on each level of the home.

In the hallway outside of all of the bedrooms (level 1):

In the stairwell leading to the basement:

In the basement (level 2):

A couple of years ago I bought Kidde carbon monoxide detectors for each level of the house since carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. On average, about 170 people in the United States die every year from CO produced by non-automotive consumer products. These products include malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters; engine-powered equipment such as portable generators; fireplaces; and charcoal that is burned in homes and other enclosed areas. CO detectors should also be placed on each level of your home with the one in or very near your master bedroom so you can hear it in the middle of the night. Although, I'm pretty sure you can hear it from a mile away since the shrill sound of these alarms is quite loud!

I have one in the master bedroom where it is practically invisible:


I also have one in the basement:
Note: If your alarm gives off small beeps that are frequent, do not call the Fire Department/throw it outside since it is driving you mad/ignore it. This is simply an indicator that the battery needs to be replaced - something I was made aware of very recently in the middle of the night.
In addition to my alarms I also have various fire extinguishers throughout the house.

One in the hall closet for whole house protection:

One in the kitchen:

Fits perfectly behind the divider bar in the cabinet!

One for electrical fires in the office:
There it is...on the top shelf!
For a list of various Kidde residential extinguishers, go here.

How do you protect your home in case of fires or other dangers?

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