You have made numerous updates to your home in the 20 years that you have lived there. You have renovated the entire kitchen. You have recarpeted the bedrooms twice. You have replaced the siding, the roof, and the windows. It was scary though to realize that in all of this time you have not replaced the fire alarm system. You have changed the batteries on a regular basis, but you still have the same fire protection services in place after all these years.
Once you made this realization, your husband went to the hardware store and made some new purchases. Within a few hours the old, and you noticed discolored, units were in the trash and the new units were installed. Of all the changes that you have made, this was probably the best.
Fire Alarm Installations Are Life Saving Investments
Keeping both businesses and homes safe is an important part of being a property owner. Making sure that you are able to keep your family and your employees safe is perhaps one of the most important things that any property owner can accomplish. Unfortunately, in a survey of 119 businesses, only 35% had any kind of fire evacuation plan. Even scarier, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 6,240 structure fires in or on health care properties a year between 2006 and 2010.
Consider some of these other facts and figures about the problems that Americans face, both at home and at work, when it comes to fire safety:
- Apartments, hotels, offices, and facilities that care for the four property classes that account for account for 50% of high-rise fires.
- Accounting for 19%, electrical malfunction is the leading cause of non-confined fires in hospitals.
- Confined cooking fires alone account for 55% of fires in medical facilities.
- Hotel and motel fires result in $76 million in property loss every year.
- In commercial areas with large oven ranges, non-chemical suppression systems operate effectively 96% of the time.
Fire alarm systems provide a safeguard to help both home and business owners protect both life and property. If the fire system in your home or office has not been replaced in the last five years, it is important to make sure that you remedy that situation.