Every homeowner (both owners and renters) should buy several fire extinguishers. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a fire breaks out every 90 seconds or so. It is too late AFTER a fire starts.
Fires will begin if embers pop out on a rug or carpet. Burning loose papers or other materials in a fireplace are dangerous to the room. We recommend every home buy several fire extinguishers. Hopefully, they are never needed.
Our trucks are stocked with fire extinguishers as a service to our customers. We are happy to provide them (and mount them if needed) for a nominal fee.
Obviously, the kitchen is where everyone thinks fire extinguishers belong. That is true, but every wood-burning stove and fireplace in your home should have an extinguisher close. They can mount on a wall beside the fireplace. They can be stored in cabinets.
Locations to buy several fire extinguishers
Kitchen for the stove
Wood-burning stoves (each one)
Fireplace (bedrooms, basement and bonus rooms)
Outdoor fireplace or fire pit
Garage for cars or rechargeable tools
Near gas or propane water heaters (if in a different area from above)
The best location for a carbon monoxide detector is to go low. A dual smoke detector / carbon monoxide detector is NOT what you may think.
Many people do not understand that carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless gas. It is also very dense. Carbon monoxide gas actually settles in low places as it is denser than air.
Buying a smoke detector / carbon monoxide detector combination may seem like a good idea (and more cost effective) but it is the opposite.
A smoke detector alarms when smoke rises from a fire or smoldering object. A carbon monoxide detector alarms when the gas settles in a low area. Therefore, the 2 different alarms must be in different locations.
The location for a carbon monoxide detector is beside the gas log fireplace or the lowest point in the common room. We suggest a carbon monoxide detector location outside of sleeping areas mounted low. Refer to the instructions of the alarm you buy.
We carry carbon monoxide sensors in our vehicles. We are happy to install these for you for a nominal fee.
If there is a chimney or fireplace in your basement, bedroom or other places, install a detector in EACH room. Some alarm companies will monitor the detectors also.
A little known home insurance discount opportunity:
Ask your home insurance or renter’s insurance company about any discounts that may be available for smoke and carbon monoxide detector installations.
We found our insurance company reduced the premiums enough to pay for the yearly monitoring of our alarm / smoke system. It never hurts to ask. Call them after you install the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If possible, tie them into your alarm system.
Now you can sleep at ease knowing your family is safe from deadly gases and smoke.
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