In 24 seconds, you can take four sips of coffee. In that same amount of time, a fire department in the United States will have responded to a fire. Every four sips, a fire truck is dispatched. Statistics released by the National Fire Protection Association for 2017 and 2018 give some chilling insights into how frequently different types of fires occur:
When it comes to a fire in your home, an early warning can give you crucial seconds to get your family to safety. The extra time you get from being warned by a smoke detector can make a life or death difference.
About 2,000 people fall victim to residential fires in the United States every year, two-thirds of these fatalities are in homes with no smoke detectors or faulty smoke detectors.
It’s not just the fire itself that is hazardous. The smoke and noxious gasses that are given off as a fire burns actually travels faster than flames. They are deadly and result in more fire-related deaths than heat or burn wounds. Most fire victims die from toxic gas and smoke inhalation. A much smaller percentage of fatalities are a result of burn wounds.
Accidents can happen to anybody, even the most cautious people. In 2017, there were 371,500 residential building fires in the United States. 51.6% of these fires were caused by cooking. This is compared to only 9.1% caused by heaters and other heating methods and 7.1% through unintentional carelessness.
It’s safe to say that if you intend on cooking in your home, you can’t afford to be without a smoke alarm.
Installing smoke detectors is a job best left to the professionals. The technicians from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric will be able to advise you on a number of factors you’ll need to consider as you go about fire-proofing your home.
The saying goes ‘where there’s smoke, there’s a fire.’ At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric, we prefer the saying ‘prevention is better than a cure.’ Fires are fast and deadly. The extent of the damage caused by an undetected fire can be reduced. If you’ve been thinking about installing smoke detectors, give us a call today at 1-800-475-1504. Our technicians are ready to make your home safer for you and your family.
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