Electrical fires happen every day all across the United States.

We would love to be able to tell you that electrical fires never happen,  but unfortunately, they happen all the time. In fact, an estimated 30,000 electrical fires happen in the United States every year. In a previous blog, our electrician in Cincinnati talked about how you can prevent fires with regular electrical inspections, but there is one very important thing that needs to be touched on when it comes to fire safety, your smoke alarm. When you are in a fire, seconds count, and your smoke detector will give you those seconds that you need, but there are certain smoke alarm safety tips that every homeowner should know.

1. Make sure you have enough alarms installed in your home.

Traditionally, the recommendation is to have an alarm installed on every floor of your home, and while this is true, the National Fire Protection Association suggests taking things a step further by installing a smoke alarm in every bedroom and outside every sleeping space. Smoke detectors should be distributed evenly around your home so that detection is as fast as possible and you have more time to escape.

2. Make sure that your smoke alarms are installed in the right place.

You can have several smoke alarms installed, but if you don’t place them properly, they won’t help as much as they should. When installing your smoke alarms, it is important to remember that smoke rises, so install them close to your ceiling. The official recommendation states that your alarm should be installed no more than 12 inches away from the ceiling.

Learn more smoke alarm safety tips when you stay tuned for our next blog.