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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Smoke Alarms and Batteries

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

living room, floor with soot, footprints on the floor. Concept of fire damage in a home House damaged by fire in Salina, KS.

In the old days, a smoke alarm needed to be watched to make sure the batteries were operating. In some cases, there was no indication the batteries were no longer functioning; in other cases, the alarm started beeping when the battery was dead. Unfortunately, this technology resulted in many homes having non-operational alarm systems, a dangerous situation. Many damaging fires were made worse because a family had neglected to replace the battery on time. Fortunately, modern alarm systems have batteries that last as long as the unit. In most cases, the smoke detector lasts for 10 years and the battery never needs to be changed.

The Benefits of a Working Smoke Alarm

Fires spin out of control in just a few minutes. In little more than three minutes, a fire can reach a searing temperature of 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. Homes with an operational alarm system experience fewer deaths and injuries as a result of a fire. They offer additional benefits, too:

  • Peace of mind for all occupants
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • Reduced property damages

Since fire damage results in millions of dollars of property damage every year, it is important for quick notification of a fire. This enables fire crews to get to a home before it is completely engulfed.
The Advantages of Profesional Fire Restoration
The aftermath of a fire in Salina, KS, presents a major challenge to clean up. Not only does a fire remediation company need to remove water and chemicals from the fire crews, but it must also contend with soot and smoke damage. For these reasons, restoration technicians are highly trained in advanced methods to efficiently and safely clean a home. They also use specialized equipment to detect damages and deodorize a house. Specialized cleaning techniques remove soot from upholstery, clothing, curtains and other surfaces. A smoke alarm is the first line of defense against a house fire; a professional restoration is another valuable tool if needed.

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