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How Smoke Alarms Save Lives in North Columbiana County

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a close up of a smoke alarm with a hand taking it down. About 2,600 civilians die each year due to missing or non-functioning smoke alarms.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, US Fire Departments respond to an average of 353,000 residential fires a year. Out of those fires---about 2,600 civilians die each year due to missing or non-functioning smoke alarms. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County knows a thing or two about fire. And what we know is---smoke alarms save lives. We want to ensure all our residents here in Northern Columbiana County stay healthy and safe throughout the new year. Here are some tips to make sure your detectors are working and functioning.

Check the detectors. Make sure to test the alarm by using the “test” feature. Just press the button on the detector and it should sound. If not---change the battery and retest it. If it’s a hardwired unit and doesn’t work, replace it immediately. If they do sound off, check the date on the label so you’ll know when to schedule replacements.

Placement is key. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home to detect rising smoke from a fire. They should be placed inside or directly outside of each bedroom and common areas, and in laundry rooms and kitchens where fires can originate. Just make you have at least a 10 ft distance between your cooktop and the alarm to alleviate it going off during cooking.

Replace smoke detectors every 10 years. Believe it or not, most detectors only last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced. Make sure to jot down the installation date for each smoke detector so you will always know when to replace it.

Batteries should be changed twice a year. A good habit is to change them during Daylight Savings Time. Correlating them to a bi-yearly event like this makes it easy to remember the last time you changed them.

Keep them clean. Dust, dander, and dirt can clog a detector and cause it to malfunction. You can simply use a vacuum to clean the dust it off it at least once a year.

Should you experience fire damage at your Columbiana or nearby home, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is the number one fire restoration company in the area. Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It is a stressful and confusing time, so you will need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we will always treat your home and belongings with great care. Once the fire department leaves, your Salem home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We are here if you need us. We are a 24/7 emergency service company. Call us at 330.921.4931 or visit our website for more information on our fire restoration services. We at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County wish you a happy 2021.

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