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Protecting Your Home from Fire In a perfect world, we would learn to properly maintain every potential fire hazard in the house. Our heaters would always be in perfect working order. We would never leave a flammable object close to the open flame of a stove. Candles would be properly blown out before going to bed at night. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and we often forget to take care of one small detail. The resulting fire damage is enough to change our lives forever. Accidents happen and there will always be a need to put these flames out. Fortunately, homes can be restored or rebuilt with the right general contractor and damaged items can be replaced. Unfortunately, the lives of the people in your home are not restorable or replaceable. So although you can’t always protect your family by keeping the heater working right, or remembering to blow out the candle every night, you can do at least one thing to ensure the safety of your family, you can maintain your fire alarm and sprinkler system.

Continuing the Campaign Continuing their campaign to create a fire-safe America, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) released materials regarding the proper maintenance of your fire alarms and sprinklers. The USFA believes strongly that the routine maintenance of your fire alarm could protect more lives than just those of those in the home, and reducing fatalities from fire damage is the USFA’s number one goal. They call their campaign Install. Inspect. Protect. They want everyone in the house to have proper warning of impending danger. If residents are awoken at the first sign of danger, the chance of them getting out of the building safely increase dramatically. For this reason, the USFA wants you to install smoke alarms inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every floor of your home. You are much more likely to hear the alarm if it’s blaring in your ear, not when it quietly enters your dreams from down the hall. Test these alarms monthly. They also recommend installing ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms (or dual sensor smoke alarms).

Saving Lives Alarms that you know are working save lives. They give you proper warning. In contrast, two or three alarms you assume work that are scattered around the house endanger them. If there was one thing


you did to fight fires at home, it should at least be the proper maintenance of your smoke alarms (and sprinkler systems if you have them). General contractors in Salt Lake City are required to have some sort of Fire Alarm installed in every building that they construct. This is according to the laws and regulations that are inspected by a registered fire Marshall who comes and inspects every building that finishes construction. Many general contractors try and work their way around the tight regulations but these laws are strict and there have been many law suits in the past because people tried to bypass them. Safety should be everyone’s #1 goal. Photo Credit: Kuzeytac, Tom Magliery, Mark Giles


Protecting your home from fire risk