Last weekend, everyone adopted Daylight Savings Time....(at least I hope you did)
We changed our clocks back an hour and replaced batteries in our smoke detectors, and maybe even changed filters in our furnaces.
Had you ever thought of where you put your smoke detectors in your house?
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) states that the best location for a smoke detector is on the ceiling near a doorway or stairway. As a fire burns, the smoke rises and seeks easiest route of escape. You should also have a smoke detector on the hallway ceiling outside of sleeping areas (bedrooms).
What about your attic?
Recently a home in our community was hit by lightening. The clap of thunder had homeowners going outside their homes to see what the big bang was and notice one house with a steep pitch roof had smoking coming out of the chimney. At least that is what it appeared.
Neighbors noticed a strange odder from the smoke and then noticed smoke coming out of the dorm vents. Some neighbors called 911 while others rushed to knocked on the door to make sure everyone was out of the house. When the homeowner answered there were no smoke alarms going off, and his only complaint was hat the Cable TV was messed up.
Neighbors were quick to help him exit the house and gather some personal mementos and move the car out of the garage all in about 5-6 minutes till fire department arrived to put out the fire.
Did the homeowners have smoke detectors? YES - and they were working!
Problem - fire started in attic and never got thru the ceiling in the house so smoke could set off the alarms. If it wasn't for concern neighbors this could have been much worst as the fire would have been raging in the attic before it busted thru, giving much less time to get out.
Take another look at where your detectors are located, check the batteries and test the units to make sure that they work.