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Keep Your Family Safe from Home Fires

Keep Your Family Safe from Home Fires

Every 90 seconds a home fire is reported in the United States. A working smoke alarm can decrease your chance of dying in a home fire by nearly 50 percent. And when used together with a residential fire sprinkler system, the risk of dying in a home fire is reduced by 82 percent.

What can you and your family do to make sure you are safe? Use these fire safety tips to prepare your home and family from fires:

1) Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home. Check the batteries monthly. Replace the batteries annually. Replace the entire smoke alarm after 10 years of usage.

2) Design an escape plan for your home and practice the plan at least once a year. Determine two exits from every room. Designate a meeting place outside the house where everyone can gather after exiting.

3) Instruct small children about the dangers of playing with matches, lighters and any type of fire. Counsel your child about how to call for help in emergencies.

4) Know how to extinguish small fires. Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it.

5) Consider a fire sprinkler system. Not only do they save more lives, but can actually control a fire and reduce the average property loss by as much as two-thirds, according to Alan Larson, associate product manager for Uponor residential fire protection systems. In fact, more than 200 local governments have enacted residential fire sprinkler ordinances. Larson says that some homeowners liken sprinklers to having their own personal “fire department” on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When preparing your home, look beyond the aesthetics and consider the different things you can do to prevent home fires. “Although residential fire sprinkler systems are a proven life-saving technology, new home buyers often opt for more visible upgrades, like better carpeting or kitchen cabinets,” explains Larson.

Unlike traditional systems that employ three separate sets of pipes -- two for hot- and cold-water plumbing and a third for the stand-alone fire sprinkler system -- a multipurpose fire protection system, such as Uponor’s, combines the sprinklers and the cold-water plumbing.

Larson explains that since just two sets of pipes are required, combination systems can cost as much as 15 percent less than traditional systems. A key benefit of these interconnected systems is reliability -- you know your fire protection system is working each time the toilet is flushed, a faucet is used or the lawn is watered.

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