In just a matter of minutes, your home could go from your personal safe haven to a dangerous fire. House fires can cause devastating damage to homes and leave you without a place to rest your head at night. One of the primary causes of house fires is smoking. Everyone has heard tales of distant relatives or neighbors who fell asleep on the couch with a cigarette in hand and ended up setting their homes on fire. Unfortunately, those stories are often completely correct. Here are just some of the best tips to prevent smoking-related fires in any home.
Check Your Fire Safety Equipment
Consider the last time that you checked your smoke detectors or changed the batteries. These essential tools are called life-saving devices for a reason! In fact, homeowners should always change the batteries in your smoke detectors every six months to ensure that they are fresh. Smoke detectors are often the only difference between homeowners who escape their homes in time and those who don’t.
Even more important than having fresh batteries in your system is regular alarm monitoring. Fire alarm system monitoring can dispatch the proper fire trucks and emergency services to your home whether you are awake, asleep, or away from the house altogether. Monitored fire alarm systems are a great way to invest in the safety of your family and your home.
Put Out Your Cigarette
Unattended cigarettes in ashtrays can ignite in a matter of seconds, so never leave a cigarette unattended. Cigarettes can easily be knocked out of ashtrays by pets or children. Always completely extinguish your cigarette before putting it down. When you extinguish your cigarette, make sure that it is completely out. Never place a hot cigarette butt in the trash or on a flammable service, as the heat can be just enough to start a fire without additional fuel.
Upgrade Your Fire Safety With Anderson Fire Protection
Anderson Fire Protection has the expertise and skill to help your home or commercial property upgrade to the latest smart smoke detectors. We have been working in the Maryland, Northern Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. areas for over 25 years, and we are known for our top-notch customer service and high quality results. If you are ready for fantastic fire prevention and protection services, from fire sprinkler installation to fire alarm design and consulting, give us a call at (410) 796-4915 or visit us online. For more fire safety tips to keep your property safe, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.