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Winter Home Fire Protection

Winter Home Fire Protection By Marianne Salina
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

According to the NFPA, two out of every three home heating fires in 1998 were attributed to space heating equipmen - portable space heaters, wood stoves, or fireplaces.

Avoiding use of heating devices during wintertime simply isn't an option, but having a fire alarm system is a precaution worth taking. This winter, as you do everything to keep your family warm, invest in a fire alarm system and keep them safe as well.

Fire Alarm Decisions

Finding the right fire alarm system for your home is made easier by seeking the help of a professional home security advisor. Many fire alarm systems operate from one control panel and will monitor several areas of the house, including smoke detectors, doors, windows, and garages. Often, in addition to home fire protection, a fire alarm system will provide a burglar alarm, motion sensor detector, and a carbon monoxide alarm as well. When you go to select a fire alarm, research which features you want your system to include. Also, make sure the alarm is backed up with a battery.

Additional Home Fire Protection

A fire alarm ensures that in the case of a fire or excess smoke, a bell or loud noise will sound and alert everyone of the need to escape. Hopefully, your fire alarm system will only act as a backup to pre-existing home fire protection steps. You can safeguard your home from the dangers of fire by following these steps:
  • Inspect your chimney every year
  • Electrical heaters have an emergency shut off button if tipped over
  • Every level of home has a smoke detector


Enjoy the warmth and security of your home security by ensuring proper home fire protection: research fire alarms today!

Sources

Winter Fire Safety Tips for the Home
Township of West Milford Fire Prevention

About the Author
Marianne Salina is a freelance writer and columnist in Spokane, Washington. She graduated with honors upon receiving her B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz.



*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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