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Fire Alarms

Fire alarms come in several different types that warn us of impending danger with horns, sirens, bells, chimes, beeping, and now even voice fire alarms. According to whether you are a large building such as a school or a private home having some type of fire alarm in the area is essential for saving lives in case of a fire.

If you are in a large school or department store you probably have noticed the fire alarms throughout the building. There should also be important information listed as to how to evacuate the building in case of fire. When, the fire alarm goes off the signal is sent to the local fire department, police and emergency personnel. The sound will be heard throughout the building so everyone will be able to get out of the building.

In our homes, fire alarms are usually in the form of smoke detectors. Many people do not really worry about any type of fire alarm in their homes. Most homes due in fact have a smoke detector in their homes, but they are not maintained. These types of fire alarms need batteries replaced on are regular basis to ensure that they are working properly. The main types of smoke detectors for the home include standard battery-operated alarms, 10-year battery-operated alarms, and another type that operates on the homeís electrical system. But, remember all fire alarms need to be tested, batteries replaced and maintained as instructed with the manual.

Some requirements are now in place with building codes that may even tell you what type of power you must use to operate your fire alarm or smoke detectors. When you purchase your fire alarm be sure that it is listed or approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

There are many new types of fire alarms and smoke detectors for individuals that are hearing impaired where not only will an alarm sound but there will also be flashing lights. For children, a new fire alarm will speak to them in their parentís voice and give them directions on how to leave the home, or whatever message the parents wish.

After, you have chosen the proper fire alarm for your home or business, the next step is finding the best location. The recommended requirement by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code 101 specifies that there should be one fire alarm or smoke alarm on every level of your home and within 15 feet of every bedroom. If you normally close all bedroom doors it is also recommended to have one in each bedroom as well.


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