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With summer in Full Swing, Now is the Time to ensure that your Home Fire Systems are OperationalAugust 5, 2014

When we think of the summer season, images of running through the sprinklers, enjoying home-made frozen lollipops and long lazy days tend to come to mind. However, another image that home owners should be concerned with is that of any home fire systems which have been installed in their properties.

Maintaining Smoke Detectors

Many home owners think that once they have installed home fire systems such as smoke detectors, they can simply forget about them. This is not the case, as these units need to be tested and maintained regularly. Most of these units work off of batteries, which should be replaced once a year. Newer models usually have a test button on them, which will enable you to see if they are functioning correctly as well. If they do not respond when this is pressed or they emit a continuous beeping noise, it is time to replace the batteries. Should this not resolve the problem, it is best to replace the smoke detector unit.

Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy

Part of your home fire system should include keeping an extinguisher in your kitchen as well as in the garage. These units should be tested once every six months to ensure that they will be able to perform their duty if required. Having extinguishers on hand is not enough on its own however; it is imperative that each family member knows how to operate these devices quickly and safely in the event of a fire breaking out. If you are unsure of which unit will be suitable, most stores that sell home security products will be able to help you select the best option.

Practice a Fire Drill with All Family Members

It is imperative that each family member knows what to do in the event of a fire occurring in your home. If the flames are too large to be extinguished by regular means, everyone (including pets) will need to be evacuated outside immediately. Children (and dogs as well, believe it or not) can be taught to associate the sound of smoke detectors with having to vacate the house by means of the closest safe exit. This can be through a door or a window that does not have any form of burglar bars on it. Young children and elderly people may need assistance in navigating their way through thick smoke and flames, so it is important to plan ahead for this as well if need be.

Practicing a fire drill with your family is an exercise that should be carried out at least twice a year, as this can and will make all the difference when it comes to getting everyone out of a burning house quickly and safely. It is recommended that nobody re-enter a burning home or other building for any reason unless the go-ahead has been given by a trained and experienced firefighter, as a human life is something that can never be replaced once lost.

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