When I first started blogging, I never realized the kind of relationships that I would develop with other bloggers. However, here I am, many years later and I’ve become close friends with bloggers all over the world. We have weekly video chats; we call each other on the phone, we meet up annually to have meetings and share ideas. When one of us is in need, the others rush in to help.
I am telling you this because of a tragedy that occurred only a few months ago, when one of my blogging friends was killed in a fire, along with her family. She was the mother of young children and a friend to many. That is why I am sharing fire safety tips today, as part of a sponsored post with First Alert through the Mom It Forward Influencer Network.
The truth is that each year nearly 3,000 Americans die from home fires. Just last year, my friend’s house caught on fire, and their smoke alarm never went off. Luckily, they were able to get out safely in the day, but if it had been at night while they were asleep, I’m not sure it would have been the same outcome. Many of those 3,000 fatalities could be prevented with proper placement and maintenance of working smoke alarms, as well as prior emergency and escape planning.
It is SO important to have properly functioning smoke alarms in each bedroom and on every level. They need to be tested often, and they need to be replaced every ten years. First Alert makes a smoke & fire alarm called P1010, which is ideal for the bedroom.
Do not forget about “the silent killer,” CO is a colorless and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without an alarm. This scares me more than anything. You don’t see it coming. I’m sure you read about the family in the hotel that died from CO poisoning. (They were staying in a room above the inground pool, and the rooms did not have CO alarms in place.). I always check now. We take the CO710 with us on trips- it just sits on the table so that we can take it with us anywhere. When we are home, I just keep it in our laundry room, on a shelf.
Compounding the issue and concern is that CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose – often until it’s too late. The symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses including nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardio-respiratory failure or death.
Most people don’t realize that they need to be replaced, but they do. Alarms do not last forever; smoke alarms and newer carbon monoxide alarms last for 10-years.
We are replacing all of our alarms this year, so we just ordered some a few weeks ago. When alarms are due for replacement, upgrading your level of protection with devices containing 10-year sealed batteries, which offer tamper-proof, hassle-free protection while eliminating the need to replace batteries for the life of the alarms.
A variety of smoke alarms, including combination and 10-year battery-powered models, are available to meet specific needs and local legislation requirements.
The SA3210, from First Alert, is great overall protection because it has both types of smoke sensors recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Often dubbed “the silent killer,” CO is a colorless and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without an alarm. Compounding the issue and concern is that CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose – often until it’s too late. The symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses including nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardio-respiratory failure or death. Be sure to have an alarm that checks for CO. The PRC710 provides both smoke and CO safety.
Fire Prevention Month is a great time to do a home safety checklist or review yours. Be sure that you write down the dates of when you checked them or when they need to be replaced. We check ours with every time change (“fall back” and “spring forward”), so we won’t forget. We replace them every year that ends in an 8: 2008, 2018, 2028, etc… If you haven’t been doing that, just make this year the year that you start.
Here are some tips on a safety checklist:
– Check Alarms (replace alarms as needed)
– Clean dryer vents (this is so important!!!)
– Have the furnace serviced
– Have an escape plan. (According to new research from First Alert, only 27 percent of families have included a meeting spot in their fire escape plans.)
– Pick two ways out of every room (we have fire escape ladders in our kids’ rooms.)
– Keep tools around to help in case of a fire:
All in all –>>BE PREPARED. Accidents are called accidents for a reason. The best thing that you can do is have a plan in place to prevent it & another plan in place to help if something were to happen.