When you are a homeowner, having the security of knowing you and your family are safe is crucial. Your home is a sanctuary, not a place where you should worry about your well-being. Unfortunately, there are many situations where the health and safety of your family can be jeopardized. Fires and carbon monoxide poisoning are serious issues that can be prevented. In order to do so, you will need to have the correct fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors set up in your home. Luckily, isure has you covered with everything you need to know when it comes to these devices. This way, you can rest easy knowing you are always safe!

Fire Alarms

Why are they important?

We’ve all heard stories when it comes to house fires. From leaving the oven on to falling asleep with a lit candle going, there are unfortunately many situations that can cause a house fire. Many people live with the mindset believing it will never happen to them. This, however, is a dangerous perspective to have because it can happen to anyone, unexpectedly. 2021 saw the highest amount of fires in years with 124 house-fire related deaths. About 2/3 of these occurred in houses without a working fire alarm.

Luckily, a fire alarm is a great way to keep the members of your home safe in the event of a fire. As long as you are diligent in checking them frequently for fresh batteries and possible malfunctions. Remember, even if you are extra careful, situations can arise. This is especially true if you live in a townhouse, condo building or if your home is connected to another unit.

Where should fire alarms be installed?

In order to work efficiently, the installation of your smoke alarm should be done correctly! Be sure to install an alarm on every floor of the house. It is crucial to maintain and install your alarm in conjunction with the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to do so in areas where fires are more often to occur, such as the kitchen, your furnace room, laundry room or somewhere you regularly light candles. Remember, if you need to leave the room, put the candle out.

Your fire alarm should always be placed on the ceiling and have it as centered as possible. If you have to install it on the wall, have it higher up and as close to the ceiling as possible. Another good idea is to place alarms along your house’s escape path. This will assist in limited-visibility conditions! Be sure to have an evacuation safety plan in place that your entire family is familiar with.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Why are they important?

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas which at high levels, can cause serious illness and even death. Similar to house fires, having a carbon monoxide leak in your home is something many people don’t think about. However, this is not the case. Every year, there are more than an estimated 50 deaths and 200 hospitalizations related to carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada. On average, 11 of these deaths are in Ontario!

The best way to prevent carbon monoxide leaks is by properly installing, using and maintaining fuel-burning appliances. Though not a replacement, carbon monoxide detectors are crucial when it comes to alarming you if there is a leak. Furnaces, stoves, fireplaces, space heaters and an idling car in your garage can all cause high levels of carbon monoxide. In order to keep you and your family safe, it is crucial to have a carbon monoxide detector installed. Most modern homes have a two-in-one fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector built in!

Where should carbon monoxide detectors be installed?

Similar to fire alarms, your first step in installing a carbon monoxide detector is by following the instructions created by the manufacturer. You should install your detectors near areas where carbon monoxide is likely to be distributed, but not too close to the primary source. For example, it is a good idea to have a carbon monoxide detector installed near the doorway to your garage or close to your kitchen. However, having it installed right beside or above your stove can cause false alarms. Due to it’s lack of odour, it is important to have your carbon monoxide detectors installed on every floor, making sure you can hear them wherever you are in the house, especially if you are asleep.

Remember, installing fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors is crucial when it comes to taking precautions for your family’s safety. While reviewing your family’s safety, be sure to take a look at your home insurance coverage, as well. If you are in the market or have become a recent homeowner, be sure to give us a call. Request a non-obligation quote today!

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