Fire Detection and Safety

We all know accidents happen, but when it comes to fire, this can be an expensive, destructive, and often times, painful experience. And while you can’t always predict when an accident will occur, there are many precautions you can take to ensure if one does, you’ll be the first to know. When it comes to fire, you have several ways to protect your home, belongings, and most importantly, your family. From installing home security systems equipped with alerting you when a fire springs up to simple smoke detectors, there are an array of devices and alarms that can contribute to your protection. It’s beyond important to have smoke detectors, at the very least, in your home, however, it’s also important to know how house fires start, common applicants and electronics that can cause fires if left unattended or uncleaned, and what the proper response is if a fire ever does erupt in your home while you and your family are present. Talking to fire safety professionals, or your trusted ADT installer, can help you figure out the best escape route in your home, basic knowledge about what to do if a fire ignites, and how you can do your best to prevent blazes before they begin.


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Winter's low temperatures mean turning up the heat at home. Additionally, the holiday season often involves putting up decorations around the house. Unsafe practices can increase fire hazards, making constant vigilance and smoke alarm maintenance doubly important. Here are a few home security tips to help prevent fires this winter and keep your family safe....

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Consider the following non-residential fire statistics for the five years from 2006 through 2010 as published by the United States Fire Administration—a division within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (http://www.usfa.fema.gov/statistics/estimates/index.shtm): • There were 1,879,500 fires • 12,940 ...

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Earlier this month, a man was rescued from his home in Anne Arundel County after a smoke alarm alerted him of danger, prompting him to contact 911. Later that day, fire investigators stated that the two-al...

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Parents want to provide their children with the best home environment possible. Typically this means giving them a home that is full of love and laughter. It also means creating a safe environment for their children. When it comes to safety, people will not only want to ensure that it is secure from outside threats, but t...

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In the U.S., a home fire is reported, on average, every 80 seconds, and someone dies from a house fire once every 204 minutes (3 hours, 24 minutes). The American Red Cross responds to around 74,000 disasters across the U.S. each year, and approximately 93% of them are fire related. In fact, fires kill more Americans ever...

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Some facts and statistics about home burglaries remain relatively constant over time. For example, according to FBI Uniform Crime Report numbers, 34% of break-ins originate right at the front door of a residence. First-f...

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Across America, there are roughly 14,000 professional fireworks displays each Fourth of July. But about 26% of revelers choose to stage their own private shows at home. And while a healthy number of people are able to celebrate our country’s independence without incident, the period between June 20 and July 20 often gives way to a spike in fireworks-related injuries. For that reason alone, it’s probably best to leave the fireworks to the professionals. But if you’re determined to do fireworks yourself, you’re more likely to avoid injury with smart planning and careful handling. Here, we’ve assembled a few tips to help you light up the night — safely. And of course, if fireworks are illegal in your area, you should probably avoid them altogether....

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The chances of your home catching fire probably seem very remote. But truthfully speaking, no one ever expects their house to go up in flames, and typically, the root cause of the fire is something they didn’t see coming....

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Decorating for the holidays is a joyful time. The bright colors. The cozy fireplaces. The cheerful music. Cheesy, yet wonderful specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman. The chocolate peppermint bark. It’s the perfect time of year to host a white elephant gift exchange. During this time of giving, it’s important you help keep fire safety top of mind....

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It takes only 30 seconds for a small fire to grow out of control, so when an emergency strikes, you will need to act fast to prevent harm on yourself and your family. By having an emergency plan prepared in advance, you can overcome potential challenges that emerge...

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Your kids may know exactly what to do and where to go if a fire erupts at your house, but are they equipped to handle a fire emergency at their friend’s house during a sleepover? Ask the following questions to help make sure that no matter what, your kids are safe. ...

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In 2013, 126,035 children were seen in emergency rooms across America for fire and burn injuries, with the average visit costing roughly $14,498. But nearly 75% of all child burn cases are preventable. Use our burn safety checklist to help prevent injuries around your home....

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In our money-driven world, most people only have one question on their minds before they make any purchase: “How much is this going to cost me?”...

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