Am I required to have essential fire safety equipment in my home?

Some cities and other local governments require that smoke detectors be placed inside every bedroom, as well as outside of sleeping areas on every floor. If your home does not have these, you could be putting your family at risk. Outside of sleeping areas, it is recommended that smoke detectors be installed near a stairway, in the basement, and near cooking appliances.

Whether a fire extinguisher is legally required in your home will be determined by your local or state code. You should make sure to have one regardless of the law, but if your landlord has not provided a fire extinguisher, you should look up your local ordinances to find out if they are required to provide one and have it placed in an easily accessible area.

What Are the Most Important Things to Keep in Mind With Smoke Alarms?

All new homes according to the national fire alarm code must have interconnected and hardwired smoke alarms with battery backups. Battery-powered alarms are easily installed if your home does not come with an interconnected system. Both of these kinds of alarms must be located on each level of the home and inside every bedroom. 

There are four important rules when it comes to smoke alarms. The first of these is that you should never disable a smoke alarm even if the alarm is going off when it shouldn't. The second rule to keep in mind for smoke alarms is that you should check them each month using the test feature. The third thing to keep in mind with smoke alarms is that the battery should be replaced at least once a year. Finally, replace the alarm every 10 years, as older alarms may not perform properly.

What If My Home Comes With a Sprinkler System?

A smoke alarm's primary function is to detect smoke, but automatic sprinkler systems inside your home give you a way of addressing alerts immediately. They can also help to quell a fire's progress while you're waiting on the fire department to arrive. Sprinkler systems can also help to prevent deadly smoke and gases from affecting your family and can also extinguish fires that break out when you are away from home.

What Are the Basic Pieces of Fire Safety Equipment I Should Have in My Home?

When you purchase a new property, these materials should be evaluated as part of your home inspection process or even supplemented if they do not exist. The most important fire safety equipment to have in your home include carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, fire escape ladders, and carbon monoxide alarms. These will all help you in the event of a fire emergency and can even help to protect against the possibility of injuries. If you are living on someone else's property, you may also be able to hold them negligent if they do not have appropriate fire safety equipment.

What Does a Carbon Monoxide Detector Do?

Most people know that they need to have smoke detectors inside their homes but are not aware of how important it is to also have carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide may not be something that you are aware of until you get sick. There is no way to taste or smell carbon monoxide, and you will not know if it is invading your home unless you already have detectors installed. There are many different sources associated with the development of carbon monoxide fumes, including car exhaust and poorly functioning appliances. Carbon monoxide is extremely toxic, and you should have a minimum of one carbon monoxide detector installed in your home to warn you about any potential leaks.

Do I Need to Install Fire Safety Equipment on My Own?

If you own your own home, it is strongly recommended that you install fire safety equipment on your own or hire a professional to help you do this. This can help minimize the potential of mistakes. Most fire home safety equipment can be installed on your own, such as carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. You can review the instructions that came with them and replace the batteries as needed. 

However, it can also be a valuable investment to have a professional company install all of your safety equipment. Safety equipment can only help to save your life when it is properly installed and maintained. Do not forget about the importance of the right home insurance protection to help you in the event of a fire.

What If My Landlord Did Not Leave the Right Fire Safety Materials Inside My Home?

If you're living in a property owned or managed by someone else and they have failed to take the necessary steps to keep you safe, this could cause you serious injuries from a fire. The support of an experienced and qualified lawyer can help you work through this process as you may be able to hold the property owner or manager responsible for your injuries and the fire. 

There are complex and serious legal issues involved, so make sure that you have the support of a qualified attorney. An attorney is there to guide you through the process of recovering compensation and holding someone else accountable. 

If you believe that proper fire safety equipment should have been given to you or placed inside the home, contact Morgan & Morgan for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve.