Save Lives by Checking Smoke Alarms this Month

49370576 - replacing battery in domestic smoke alarmIf a fire broke out in your home, when do you think that would happen? If you guessed “at night,” you’re right. In fact, half of all fire deaths are reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep.

Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In other words, smoke alarms save lives.

The second week of October is Fire Prevention Week, and it’s a good time to check your smoke alarm. When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead. When was the last time you checked your alarm?

Maybe you removed the battery to quiet the alarm last time your oven started smoking while you cooked dinner. Although smoke alarms can be annoying sometimes, that’s the point — you want it to wake you up in an emergency.

Here are three important steps to take to make sure your alarm is ready to save your family:

1. Change the battery. Many people have heard to change the batteries each time we spring forward or fall back for Daylight Saving Time. That’s coming up Nov. 6, so head to the store to buy some new batteries.

2. Check the date. While you’re on the ladder or stepstool changing the battery, be sure to also check the date on the alarm. Many people don’t know that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. If you have lived in your home fewer than 10 years, you may not know how old the device is. To find out, pull the alarm off the ceiling and look at the back. You’ll see a date of manufacture. If your alarm was manufactured before October 2006, it’s time for a new one.

3. Test the alarm. Once you have fresh batteries and have confirmed the alarm is still within the 10-year mark, it’s time to test it. To test, press and hold the test button. It can take a few seconds to begin, but the loud noise should screech out from the smoke detector while the button is pressed. If there is no sound or the sound is weak and you just put in new batteries, replace the device immediately.

Once you’ve finished checking your smoke alarm, be sure to test your security system, which can also help alert authorities in case of fire. For more information on how to do that, check out our recent blog post on the topic.

Don’t Become a Fire Statistic

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the year 2011 brought 364,500 residential fires, which resulted in 2,450 deaths, and 85,400 non-residential fires, which resulted in 80 deaths. In 2012 there were 1,375,000 fires reported in the United States, which resulted in 2,855 civilian deaths, 16,500 civilian injuries, and $12.4 billion in property damage.

fireWhether at your home or your business, a fire can be devastating to your property, possessions and can possibly cause the loss of life. Clearly, fire is a force that should not be taken lightly but should be prevented as best as we can.

Deaths from residential fires in homes where there was an absence of smoke alarms or in which smoke alarms did not operate accounted for 60 percent of those deaths. The National Fire Protection Association says that the deaths occurring in homes without working smoke alarms “emphasizes the importance of taking personal responsibility when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from fire.”

What steps can you take to protect yourself, your family and your property?

Installing and making sure that smoke alarms are in working order could help save lives. As an added precaution, some home security monitoring companies offer fire detection services. These fire detection services monitor for the presence of smoke in the structure or for increased temperature. If either is detected, the local fire department is alerted.

Secur-Tek, a security and home automation company located in Apex NC, offers our own affordable fire detection system. The system includes manual pull stations that allow for the manual activation of the system, as well as supervised smoke detectors for additional protection.

In 2012, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds, and one civilian injury was reported every 32 minutes while one civilian fire death occurred every 3 hours and 4 minutes.

Having a fire detection system in place could make a huge difference in your life; it could save lives.  It could make the difference between life and you and your family becoming a statistic.

Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Win Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray

Feel lucky? Enter to win a Tundra two pack! Now the amazing Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray is being GIVEN AWAY each month!

Hmmmm, ladies this may be a good time to quietly provide that peace of mind we talked about earlier! For the Mom’s with kids getting ready to enter college this year – you need to make sure to include Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray in your “Must Have for the Dorm” package that I know you are preparing.

It’s a crying shame we couldn’t purchase “THINK, Don’t Make Stupid Decisions” spray that was as effective as Tundra. I guess until then all we can do is provide all the safety coverage we can think of, kiss them and send them off with our love (and pray a whole lot once they leave).

Shoot, make sure to enter our contest because even if you buy Tundra so you know you have it available, you can ALWAYS think of family or friends that can use it to. So just click here and enter to win Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray now!

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Fire Safety Month

October is Fire Safety month! Fire Safety Month is to raise awareness and prevent unnecessary injury and death. In celebration First Alert Store is proud to offer one of our best-selling First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarms at more than HALF OFF! This is a very special deal don’t miss this opportunity to provide safety for your family this winter.

The Plug-In Digital Display Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Backup is an AC-powered plug-in CO alarm with 9V battery backup with a 5-Year Limited Warranty.

Key CO Detector Features:
– Plug-in with battery backup
– Works during power outages
– Silence/Test with most remote control
– Stores, recalls, and displays highest level
– Low battery silence feature
– Covers only one wall outlet

Safety Tip: Place Carbon Monoxide Detectors on every level of the home and one in each sleeping area.

Don’t miss this Special Deal on a low cost Carbon Monoxide Alarm; get yours today!

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First Alert Fire, Water and Theft Safes

Fire, Water and Theft Safes
Safes are used in homes or businesses to protect and secure property and valuables. This includes important papers, records, media storage, laptops, photos, jewelry, cash and other valuable items. Safes can be theft safes, fire safes or water (water proof) safes. Some safes have multiple or all those characteristics. 


Theft Safe offers protection against theft. Usually have solid metal walls and a heavy door with concealed hinges resistant to a drilling, cutting or prying attack. Hardened resistant metals are often used to slow down attempts to break in to this safe. May offer little protection against fire or water; unless it is a combination safe made for those protections.

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Fire Theft Safes are designed to protect against fire and theft. They maintain an internal temperature of below 200 degrees C (the point at which documents will be destroyed). Fire safes provide the fire protection in 30 minute increments. Some fire safes are also Communication Safes which maintain less than 52 degrees C (the point at which data media is destroyed) also protect against high humidity, electro-magnetic contamination, etc. First Alert fires safes are fire theft combination safes.

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