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October is a time when we like to emphasize the importance of house fire awareness. It’s also the month that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) holds its annual National Fire Prevention Week. Here are some house fire facts from the NFPA that can help homeowners proactively prevent fires at home.
Today’s fires are faster.
The house fires of today move faster than those of the past, thanks to more flammable objects in the home: furniture, curtains, electronics and appliances. In a typical house fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Speaking of smoke alarms: The NFPA states that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%.
Cooking is still a culprit.
Living rooms have flammable furniture and bedrooms have flammable mattresses – but regardless, cooking is still the leading cause of house fires. Keep your kitchen uncluttered, never leave stove top cooking unattended, and keep anything that can catch fire away from the heat on your stovetop, including towels and pot holders. This should be the case whether the burners are gas or electric.
In a typical house fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.
Heaters equal hazards.
Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during fall and winter. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, making these tiny appliances potentially hazardous if not operated properly. All heaters need space; keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from a space heater, furnace or other heating equipment.
How Your Security System Can Help
Your home security system can be your biggest ally in house fire prevention. With the right security system from Post Alarm Systems, you can receive a smartphone alert if a connected smoke detector senses the presence of smoke in the home. The security operators in our locally owned and operated Central Monitoring Station who are monitoring your alarm system 24/7 will contact you immediately – and if there is no answer, they’ll contact the fire department right away. Southern California homeowners can contact Post Alarm Systems to learn how simple and affordable it is to connect a monitored smoke detector to your existing security system.