Every home should have a smoke detector on each floor, near the bedrooms.
They should also have one in the kitchen area and the furnace room area (if
applicable). Determine first if you have the ability to hard-wire your
smoke detectors (connect them directly to an AC power supply via electrical
wiring). This is the best way to install smoke detectors because you will not
need to remember to change the batteries twice a year and they can be wired
together so that if one is triggered, the others will sound the alarm. In case
you were wondering, AC-Powered Smoke Detectors do have a battery backup in case
the power goes out.
For each floor (near the bedrooms) and the furnace room:
We like the AC/DC Professional Premium Smoke Detector from Kidde Safety
Products. If you are having a house built or doing major renovations, having
hardwired smoke detectors (all on their own dedicated circuit breaker is best)
is the way to go.
If you are adding smoke detectors later and can't get
the hardwiring, then go with a battery powered smoke detector. There are two
different kinds of smoke sensing detectors: photoelectric and ionization. One monitors for smoke (like a
smoldering cigarette in a couch) and the
other for fast heat/flame (like a kitchen grease fire). Get a smoke detector that checks for both, like the First
Alert SA302C AC/DC Professional Premium Smoke Detector
You need a special kind of smoke detector that has a temporary silencer
button, which will shut off the alarm for a brief period (when pressed), in case
you burn some toast or something. We have found some of these are so sensitive
to heat that they go off when the oven door is open too long. Trust us, this is
a good thing. BRK Brands has a Kitchen Smoke Alarm just for this.
Similar to smoke detectors, you should have a fire
extinguisher on every floor. We also recommend having one in the garage and
keeping one in each of your vehicles. Fire extinguishers are rated A, B and C
for the types of fires they are designed to put out (wood/paper, grease,
electrical). We suggest that you get a single type of extinguisher that can be
used on all three types of fires. In an emergency, you want to grab the nearest
fire extinguisher, not have to remember which type of fire is for which
extinguisher. The Kidde Mariner 1A 10 BC Fire Extinguisher. is a multi-purpose
fire extinguisher. Work with us and we will help you identify the right places
to install fire extinguishers. Don't forget: Fire extinguishers don't
last forever. They need to be replaced according to their manufacturer's
specifications. Click here
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Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer that can be a hazard in any home. Homes
with gas or other combustible heating systems can be a source of excess carbon
monoxide. You should have a carbon monoxide detector outside of your furnace
room and on each level of the house near the bedrooms. Don't put one in the
garage, since your automobiles will emit carbon monoxide each time they are
started. There are two basic models: AC powered (via a plug into an outlet) and
battery-operated. We recommend using the AC powered model near your furnace room
(you probably have an available outlet there) and the battery powered ones near
the bedrooms. The AC powered model does not have a battery backup, but will emit
a short alarm when the power goes out. Chances are you won't have central heat, if your
power is out anyway.
Other Security and Safety Items
This can be a never ending category. Your ability to seek out a secure
environment to work and live in is only limited by how much you want to
us know what kind of security you need, and we can find devices and
technology that can help you get there. Here are some basic things most people
would find useful.
Driveway Patrol - an exterior motion detector that lets you know when
someone is in your driveway, backyard, etc.
Fire Safe -
Centralize, protect and secure important
documents, mementos and keepsakes with a security chest or file.
Sentry® Fire-Safe® security chests and files
offer proven UL fire protection up to 1550° for 1/2 hour. Convenient
carrying handle and the ability to bolt down provide convenience and
added security. Don't forget to store your important documents in a
zip-lock bag inside the fire safe, to help protect them against any
water damage or flooding.
First Aid Kit - Everyone
should have a first aid kit in their home and in their car. This one
has over 100 physician-recommended items, including medicine,
antiseptics, bandages, injury treatments, and more. It was also
developed in collaboration with the American Medical
Weather Alert Radio - A great thing to have in the
bedroom - you will want a weather alert radio to let you know about
storms, tornadoes, and even civil disturbances. NOAA Weather stations
exist are around the United States, and you will want a radio that has S.A.M.E. technology,
provide you with specific alerts down to the county where you live,
within your state. Battery back-up is a must, too. For the home, we
suggest the Midland AM/FM All Hazards Civil Alert Monitor. It has all
of the features that you will need. If you want
a portable weather radio (for the beach, golfing, hiking, etc.), we
recommend the Oregon Scientific All Hazards Weather Radio.