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Taking Fire Safety Precautions

Category : Fire Prevention

Did you know that three out of five fire deaths were the direct result of homes not having smoke alarms, or having a smoke alarm that didn’t work?

You have so many aspects to your home where a fire can strike.

From electrical storms that short out your electrical circuits to gas leaks that can spark a fire instantaneously, fires are not something to mess around with.

Here’s how you can keep your home safe!

Install Multiple Fire Alarms

If one fire alarm sounds, every fire alarm will sound.

This is why it is important to place fire alarms in every sleeping room, on every level of the home, and in areas that fires start easily such as the kitchen.

Make sure your alarms are interconnected with each other.

Test Your Smoke Alarms

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I recently article by Mahar Insurance suggest, checking your smoke detector often help prevent serious fires, and reduces your insurance cost.

Not everything is full proof and that includes your smoke alarms.

Batteries go out, systems are faulty, and other factors can cause your alarms to not work properly.

Test your smoke alarms at least once a month to ensure they are still working.

Practice a Home Fire Drill

If you have kids, it is especially vital to practice a drill in case of a fire.

What should you and your family do when they hear the alarm?

How should they get out of the home?

Where do you go when you get out?

Talk about different situations, make a plan, and practice “getting out.”

Replace Your Alarms

You should replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.

Even if your smoke alarms are working well, it is important that you replace them because just like everything else, the older it gets, the less effective it is.

If you don’t know when the last time your alarms were replaced, now is the best time to do it.

Hire a Licensed Electrical Inspector

Did you know that many house fires are started each year from faulty electrical work being done?

The danger of working with an unlicensed electrical inspector isn’t one to take lightly.

Be sure to get your electrical checked to ensure everything is working properly.

Not only is faulty electrical a huge danger, but you run the risk of not getting your property covered by insurance if there is a fire.

Mount Smoke Alarms High on Walls

Remember, smoke rises, and it rises quickly.

The best chance you have at getting out of the house before it goes into flames is for your smoke alarm to be triggered as quickly as possible.

Hang your smoke alarms high on walls, 10 feet from cooking appliances, and never install them near windows where smoke can escape.

When it comes to keeping yourself safe from fires, taking preventative precautions is key. What other tips do you have for fire safety?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 


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Finding South Bend’s Best Commercial Electrical Contractor

Choosing an electrical contractor is almost like choosing the best doctor for your health. When it comes to your business, you don’t want any liabilities or problems later down the road. Finding South Bend’s Best commercial electrical contractor can be challenging especially if you don’t understand all the technical jargon. Here are some tips to finding the best electrical contractor in South Bend:

Identify your Need First

Because an electrical contractor may be specialized in one area and not another, it is important to identify exactly what you need from the electrical contractor. Is this a major electrical issue or do you just want to update your current electrical system? Do you need a repair? Is something not working? Do you have specialized systems such as security systems, video, wireless networks, or alarms? Keep in mind that the contractor will need to know if this is a small business or a large commercial business. Knowing the answers to these questions will help the electrical contractor to better determine if they can help you or not.

Check into Certifications

Once you have determined if a commercial electrical contractor can assist you with your needs, it is important to determine how proficient they actually are in their trade. The truth is that people can say they know what they are doing all day long, but if they don’t have the certifications and knowledge to back it up, you don’t want to chance it.

Look into their Reputation

Don’t just go by the reviews on their website; look into their reputation in the community. Talk to other places and ask who they have used and what the outcome has been. If you are questioning the reputation of a specific electrical contractor, you can easily look up reviews online. Do your research on the contractor before hiring them. Electrical work is dangerous work and you want to ensure that the electrician you choose knows what they are doing and adequately performs a safe, reliable, and code enforcing job throughout the community.

Ask Questions

Never be afraid to ask questions when you are looking for a qualified electrical contractor. You have the right to know everything that is involved in your business including your electrical work. Here are a few questions to ask as you begin the process of finding a qualified electrician:

  • Do you have warranty? (get it in writing)
  • Is there insurance?
  • What code do you follow when installing? Will it comply with NEC or NEIS standards?
  • Will you fix work that doesn’t meet my standards?
  • Can I have a written estimate before you begin?

Look them up on NECA Connection

NECA Connection has developed a searchable database of electrical contractors for all over the United States. Contractors on the NECA Connection have been proven to provide safe and reliable installations. Most contractors listed in the NECA Connection have completed an apprenticeship program with over 1,000 hours of instruction in the classroom and at least 8,000 hours of on the job training.

Finding South Bend’s Best Commercial Electrical Contractor is worth it to your business. Take the right steps to ensure you have only the best.


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