Not all smoke alarms operate the same way. While the ones that emit a loud, high-pitch signal are well known, there are other alarms specifically designed for those who are deaf or elderly.
We’ll talk about these smoke alarms in this issue.
HOW ARE THESE SMOKE ALARMS DIFFERENT?
In addition to emitting a warning signal, these alarms also display strobe (flashing) lights intense enough to wake a sleeping person.
ARE DEAF AND OLDER PERSONS THE ONLY ONES WHO NEED THESE ALARMS?
Actually, no. It’s a fact that the majority of fatal home fires happen at night, and the fumes from the toxic smoke gases can actually put practically anyone into a deeper sleep.
The elderly, however, are at increased risk during home fires. Persons 65 and older are 2 times more likely to die in a home fire. Those who are 75 and older are 4 times more likely to lose their lives.
WHERE CAN I FIND THESE SMOKE ALARMS?
You should be able to find strobe light fire alarms in the same places you’d find regular smoke alarms. Most major smoke alarm companies offer them, and they are readily available.
HOW SHOULD I USE MY SMOKE ALARM TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THEM?
Here are a few tips that will allow you get the maximum protection from smoke alarms:
FOR MORE ADVICE ON HOME FIRE SAFETY, CALL J&M KEYSTONE, INC.
Watching your home smolder is no time to be wishing you had done more to prevent a fire from breaking out. For more information about fire safety, call us at 800-368-2757.
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