House fires are more common than you think. In most cases injury and death are actually preventable if you hear the smoke alarms chirping in time. When you install a first alarm smoke detector, you will be giving yourself and your loved ones peace of mind and a good chance of surviving if it ever happens to you.
It can take only minutes for a small fire to turn into a raging inferno. A common cause of house fires is found in the kitchen, unattended pots left to boil dry can ignite. The fire can spread quickly igniting curtains, with flames reaching the ceiling and burning through the roof cavity and from there spreading to other parts of the house. The detectors can be battery powered or mains powered with a battery back-up. They are also not too expensive.
A detector will pick up the smoking fire and will alert you to the danger. If a fire starts in the night a quality alarm will wake you with a piercing sound so you will be able to evacuate your home quickly. Advanced detectors also have multiple frequency alerts for those who are hard of hearing.
Placement of the detector is very important too. Do not place it above your stove; it may go off as you are cooking. Place it just outside the kitchen if there is an open entrance. Also place them in the hallways of your home.
If one day you hear a strange chirping noise, rather like a rather repetitive cricket chirping from the wall or maybe the ceiling, it is quite likely to be your alarm. It makes this noise every 30-60 seconds and will probably annoy you. That is the point though, it is there to make sure that you do not neglect the unit and remember to replace the battery and give it a quick service.
There are a few reasons for the detector to make that chirping sound, which you should be aware of. The most likely is the battery needs to be replaced. If there is a buildup of dirt it may prevent it from functioning properly. The detector may be broken and need to be replaced immediately. There is nothing like a first alert smoke alarm.
Make a date in your diary to change the battery twice a year, by doing this you make sure that your detector will always be ready in case of a fire. It is important that the detector is tested every month so you are sure that it is working properly. If your alarm has already gone off over the year due to fires it is possible that the battery will need to be replaced again. You might want to think about a Firex smoke alarm.
Keep the unit clean and make sure there is no dirt buildup, that could prevent the smoke from triggering the sensor and preventing the unit from alerting you to a potential fire in time. With a consistent routine, you will be sure that your detectors are in good working order, so that if you should hear the smoke alarms chirping, you will be prepared. With a good home system, you will be protecting your family and giving yourself great peace of mind.