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NFPA Report Highlights Need for Better Los Angeles Fire Protection

May 7, 2013
Although Los Angeles has among the highest residential fire rates in the country and among the most stringent fire codes, many area homeowners are woefully unprepared to prevent and detect fires. In an ideal scenario, fire prevention and detection is integrated into the home security in the Los Angeles residence, and the system is monitored around the clock by a state-of-the-art response facility.

Home Fires Kill Seven Every Day​
A recent report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) demonstrates the importance of fire safety. According to U.S. statistics, one in 320 households suffers from a home fire each year, and the financial damages from those fires exceed one billion dollars. More importantly, seven people will die every day in house fires; the elderly are the most likely to die, followed closely by infants and toddlers.

Smoking
Smoking is still the leading cause of fire-related deaths in the U.S. The NFPA advises that you require all smokers to do so outside. Provide them with an ashtray that is deep, sturdy and nonflammable. If smoking is a common occurrence, consider installing an additional smoke detector in the exterior area that you have assigned for the activity, such as a porch.

Cooking
Cooking is the leading cause of house fires and fire-related injuries, which is why the kitchen is a focal point of most residential Los Angeles fire protection services. The most common mistake is leaving an oven or other cooking device unattended. It is better to turn the device off and risk food quality rather than risk a fire. Also, create a safe perimeter when using fryers and smokers outdoors.

Environmental
Safeguard your environment inside and out. Each month, perform a routine check. Outside, ensure that the area around the house and other ignition zones are free of inflammable items. Indoors, inspect all electrical cords, outlets and fixtures. If you use space heaters, ensure that there is at least a three-foot perimeter around them where inflammable materials are not allowed.

Fire Prevention
Install a smoke detector at each level of the home, including attics and basements. Make sure that there is detector in the kitchen, garage and near all basements, so it may be necessary to have multiple devices per level. Test all smoke alarms once a month, and replace the backup batteries once a year regardless of battery levels. Create a fire escape plan, and practice it with the family.

Fire Detection by Pacific
Pacific Alarms Systems is a leading provider of Los Angeles fire protection for residences. All devices meet California codes, are redundant and are integrated into the home security system. Pacific monitors the system around the clock, 365 days a year. Pacific maintains the smoke alarms in your home and provides 24-hour emergency services to ensure there operation.

Pacific Alarm Systems
Since 1963, Pacific Alarm Systems has been a leading provider of home security in Los Angeles. Pacific is locally owned and family operated, and it is a company that has a real stake in the area it serves. Pacific has earned a reputation for its unwavering commitment to customer service, and it will help protect your family and home from fire in a way that no other area security company can.