Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Protect your Keller home during peak fire season

Cold weather often brings many tasks to mind, such as weatherizing your Keller home, conducting car maintenance and preparing for holiday fun. However, one preparation often overlooked by many Texans is how to keep their families safe during the peak season for home fires.

In a recent survey conducted by ORC International a surprising number of Americans don't know the recommended operating life of a smoke alarm. In the survey, only 9 percent correctly noted 10 years as a smoke alarm’s operating life.

The survey also found that nearly 50 percent of Americans spend 15 minutes or less shopping for new smoke alarms – products that could save their lives. Certain new model alarms are designed to simplify choosing the right alarm for the right location. These alarms are the first UL-listed comprehensive line of smoke, CO and combination alarms containing a sealed, lithium battery that lasts 10 years - eliminating low battery chirps and providing nonstop protection.

In 2013, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported 387,000 home fires in the U.S., and most of them occurred in the winter months. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of a fatality in a reported fire in half. Unfortunately, while most homes (96 percent) have a smoke alarm, not all of those alarms work. Almost three out of every five home fire fatalities result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, mainly due to dead, missing or disconnected batteries.

To protect your family and Keller home during peak fire season, take a few minutes to review and follow these five simple home fire safety steps:

1. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Consider installing smoke alarms with a 10-year sealed-in, tamper-proof battery.
2. Place fire extinguishers within reach on every level of your home.
3. Install UL-listed CO alarms on each floor and near bedrooms.
4. Create and practice an escape plan with your family.
5. Commit to fire safety. Staying fire safe helps keep your family safer and reduces the risk of injury to firefighters.

Whether it's selling your home or finding a new one, we have designed this site so that you can quickly and easily locate the information you are looking for. The Grove Team's client-centered approach results in the best possible outcome for you. Please contact us now to begin the process of achieving your dreams in home ownership. 

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