The Inspector Newsletter
October 2015: Fire Safety
Be Advised

Home Fire Safety Tips

Fire safety inside the home can often be overlooked — you and your family are busy, and you probably don’t give much thought to fire safety. However, you should have some basic items around the house that can come in useful in the event of a fire:

Be Advised

  • Fire extinguisher — A newly purchased fire extinguisher costs around $20 on the low end and can last in the range of five to 15 years. Check the manufacturer’s label for specific information about the longevity of the device. A fire extinguisher comes to quick aid in extinguishing small fires.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms — These can be purchased for around $20 and detect the poisonous, often deadly gas carbon monoxide.
  • Home security system — Most home security systems have a panic button that allows you to quickly contact the fire department in case a fire breaks out in your home. Prices for security systems vary but most run around $55 a month.
  • Fire evacuation plan — In the event of a house fire, each member of your household should know what to do, where to go and the safest route to exit.

    In the event that you have the additional money to spend you could have an indoor fire sprinkler system installed. The type of piping used can greatly influence the price, but the average is about $1.61 per sprinklered square foot.

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