Posted May 19th, 2015 by Fire & Life Safety America

Having a fire protection system in your home or office building is one of the most important investments you will ever make, and is a safety addition you cannot afford to overlook. Recent studies found that more than 60% of all home fire deaths in the United States came as a result of not having a smoke alarm, or in homes that had one but it was not in proper working order. Don’t allow you or your loved ones to become a part of this terrible statistic by overlooking a fire protection system of your own.

There are multiple facets to a fire protection system, including fire alarms, fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, and exit lights, among others. Implementing at least a fire alarm into your home, office or commercial building is the very minimum you should be doing to practice good fire protection, but incorporating all of the elements of a fire protection system is ideal.

While having all of the key elements of a well-rounded fire protection system is the first step to a safe home or workplace, it is only the beginning. Don’t overlook the importance of knowing how each element fully functions and what role it plays in the system as a whole. What good is a fire protection system if you do not know how to operate it properly? It wasn’t only homes with no fire alarms that accounted for the majority of home fire deaths in the U.S. but that statistic included homes with faulty fire alarms as well. A non-working fire alarm is just as bad as having no fire alarms at all. Three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, so make it a priority to regularly test your home’s fire alarms to help save the lives of your family!

Part of a fire protection system that has not yet been mentioned is that of the safety practices that go hand in hand with the physical aspects of the system itself. Monitoring your cooking, ensuring space heaters have enough space between them and other objects, smoking outside and inspecting electrical cords on a regular basis are all examples of routine practices that you should be performing at home as a part of an overall fire protection system. Don’t make a fatal mistake by overlooking these practices as a part of an effective and safe fire protection system.

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