Saturday, 18 June 2016

Double your loved ones chances of surviving a fire

Saving your loved one from fires

Saving your loved one from fires
Forget the candy and flowers. Give your loved one the gift that could save his/her life for Valentine's Day (This Doubles your loved ones chances of surviving a fire) - a smoke detector. Last year, 98 people died in residential fires in Michigan. More than 73 percent of those deaths occurred in residences where there were either no or non-working smoke detectors. Statistics indicate that occupants of a house with a smoke detector are more than twice as likely to survive a fire as those without one.

"Smoke detectors provide an early warning which can allow residents to escape before the house is fully engulfed in flames," Lori Conarton, Communications Director of the Insurance Information Association of Michigan (IIAM), said. "Most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, rather than flames."

Smoke detectors

Double your loved ones chances of surviving a fire
Aside from saving lives, smoke detectors also reduce fire injuries and help hold down property losses. It is vital, however, that the devices be properly installed and maintained.

According to Conarton, smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month to ensure that they are working properly. Under most circumstances it is recommended that batteries be changed annually.

Smoke detectors should be installed on each level of the dwelling. The most important locations are near bedrooms, at the bottom of stairways, in hallways and in the living room. The units should be affixed to the ceiling at least four inches from the point where the ceiling meets the wall.

Alternate escape route

The insurance industry spokesperson also suggests planning and practicing use of alternate escape routes in case of fire. It is important to practice the escape plan at least twice a year. 

Also, family members should agree upon a safe place to meet once they are outside a burning structure. IIAM is a non-profit, public information organization which sponsors a number of consumer information and education programs.