During November and December, we often spend more time at home with extended family and friends. It is also a time when our homes are at increased risk of fire. So, it may be wise to check that you have a sufficient number of smoke detectors in your home.
How many smoke detectors should there be in each house? It is generally advised that you fit a smoke detector on every livable floor of the home – this should also include the garage and basement if you have one. For extra safety, it is a good idea to install a smoke detector in every occupied bedroom.
Every smoke detector must be tested regularly. A smoke detector is useless if it is not working properly or needs new batteries, so go through the home and test each one to make sure they are in good working order. You may be spending more time cooking this time of year, and this often sets off our smoke alarms. Although it's very tempting to disconnect them, you should avoid doing this, as it's far too easy to forget to reconnect them again.
Finally, do you have a plan of action in case a fire breaks out in the home? If not, this is a good time to put a plan together. It is important to know what steps you must take to protect yourself and your household.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL