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​We should all be aware by now of the important role smoke detectors play in our homes.  Sadly, however, house fires are still the reason for many deaths each year, many of which could have been avoided if there were properly functioning smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in the home.  So, it’s a good idea to take some time and think about whether the smoke detectors in our homes would save lives.
How many smoke detectors should a home have?  The answer to that really depends on the size of your home but a good rule would be to have one on every habitable floor of the house.  This should also include the basement and garage.  Having one in each occupied bedroom would also be a good idea.
Another very important step is to check each smoke detector at least once a month to make sure it is working properly and doesn’t require batteries.  Never, for any reason, disconnect a smoke or carbon monoxide detector.  It is too easy to forget to reconnect it again and then the alarm will be of no use.
There are other steps you can take to improve fire safety in your home such as performing a periodic fire drill.  This will help everyone in the home to know exactly what they should do in the event of a fire.  When testing smoke detectors make sure everyone is able to hear them in all areas of the home and that the sound is distinct from any other noise.  As we can see, taking the time to check smoke detectors and make sure there are enough for the size of our home is an essential part of fire safety.

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