Smoke Alarms – a Necessary Component of Home Protection

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Home fires are a major risk to lives and property; however there are measures you could take to reduce the risk of an accidental fire damaging or destroying your home. Additionally, it may be wise to contact your Houston home insurance agent to make sure you have the right financial protection for your home in the event of a fire.


According to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), when enough working smoke alarms are present in the home, the chance of the inhabitants dying in a fire is cut in half. According to FEMA studies have shown that the 12% of homes without working smoke alarms represent half of all house fires. Smoke alarms do not do much good if they are not working, and FEMA estimates that about a third of the smoke alarms in place are not working, many due to worn out batteries. Some homes that have smoke alarms do not have enough to adequately protect all areas of the house.  

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises that smoke alarms be tested monthly. Smoke rises, therefore it advised that smoke alarms should be installed high on walls and ceilings, and on every level of the house. Replace batteries in smoke alarms yearly, but if the alarm “chirps” indicating a low battery, replace the battery immediately. It is important to take whatever safety measures you can to reduce the risk of a fire in your home. Equally important is making sure you have Houston home insurance in case your home is damaged by fire. Contact your agent to review or add to your policy.

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