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A Home Fire Alarm System Is a Necessity

A Home Fire Alarm System Is a Necessity By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

You can begin to keep your family safe by installing a fire alarm system in your home. This can help prevent major damage to your home, as well as saving lives.

About Fire Alarm Systems

A fire alarm is an electronic or electromechanical device that produces a sound when it senses smoke or heat. Fire alarm systems are available at many of your local hardware, home supply, or general merchandise stores. After purchasing several fire alarms, you should carefully plan where to install them. You should have a fire alarm on each level of your home, including the basement. For proper installation guidelines, follow the specific manufacturer's instructions, but remember that each fire alarm should be installed either on the actual ceiling or about 6 to 8 inches below the ceiling on a wall.

Fire Alarm System Maintenance

Taking care of your fire alarm system is quite simple. You should replace batteries at least once a year. However, if your fire alarm begins to make a chirping noise, then you should replace the batteries immediately and reset it. It is also important to remember to test each fire alarm in your home on a monthly basis.

Another way to ensure proper maintenance of your fire alarms is to keep them clean. You should make sure that there is no dust or debris on or around your fire alarm. You can do this by regularly using a vacuum cleaner with a long attachment. If you maintain your fire alarm system properly, it should last about 8 to 10 years. After this time, it should be replaced.

A fire alarm system makes it fairly easy to begin protecting your home and your family from a possible fire.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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