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 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 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.
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.
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.
Pacific Alarms is an innovator and leading provider of home security in Los Angeles. Pacific Alarms was founded in 1953 and has remained a local family-owned business that has a vested interest in the area that it serves. Pacific Alarms is also an authorized Honeywell and First Alert dealer, and those companies set the standard for sophistication in alarm technology. Pacific Alarms is a top choice in Los Angeles because it has an impeccable reputation for meeting the needs of its clients. The four main components of a Pacific Alarms residential system are burglar alarms, smoke/fire detection, surveillance and central monitoring.
The burglar alarm is the component that most people associate with home security in Los Angeles. However, burglary alarms are not a standardized component. In fact, Pacific Alarms customizes each burglar alarm configuration to meet the specific needs of each home and family, and it offers alarms that are programmable and can auto-arm. Nothing is more important to the safety of your home and family, and when an alarm activates, the Pacific Alarms central monitoring agent will ensure that the correct emergency services are en route.
Smoke & Fire Detection
Fire alarms in California need to be the best because it is the right thing to do but also because the state has some of the most stringent residential fire codes in the entire country. In order to meet this need, Pacific Alarms offers leading-edge fire alarms, smoke detectors and CO detectors, and it provides fire control systems that range from five to 56 zones and fire panels that can support up to 198 unique devices.
CCTV, DVR & Surveillance
With every residential system, Pacific Alarms can integrate a full range of interior and exterior camera options, including CCTV, DVR and NVR. Pacific Alarms also offers a full range of covert options, which can be useful, for instance, in homes that have nannies, housekeepers and similar personal. Furthermore, you’ll have access to the camera system from any computing device in the house, and with remote access, you can access the cameras remotely from any Web-enabled device.
Central Monitoring Station
The most important aspect of a modern residential security system is around-the-clock monitoring, and the best Los Angeles alarm companies have their own local monitoring station. Pacific Alarms’ central monitoring station is up and running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and it has an outstanding track record of performance. The station agents are committed to protecting your own family and home, and they have state-of-the-art equipment at their disposal to ensure that it happens.
We have all seen TV footage of the tragic scene: a family perishes in their home while sleeping in the night. Deadly carbon monoxide gas crept through their bedrooms, and they had no idea it was happening. A fire official is interviewed who, with a weary face, reports that the family had no carbon monoxide detectors installed in their home. We shake our heads in sadness at the unnecessary loss of life. We review in our heads our own readiness for something like this. Maybe we already have detectors installed and up to par with fresh batteries. Maybe we don’t. We add it to our mental “to do” list: “Get carbon monoxide detectors,” or, “Grab fresh batteries next store run.” Culver City security dealers like Pacific Alarms want you to be informed about the threat and to take the action necessary to keep your family safe.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas that builds up in enclosed or semi-enclosed areas whenever a fossil fuel such as gasoline, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, or charcoal is burned. Because cells absorb CO more easily than oxygen, if it is present in the air our bodies will shut out the oxygen so necessary for life and choose the CO instead.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, confusion, fatigue and chest pain. Because these symptoms mimic the flu, people within the home may assume they are ill. CO levels continue to build and death may occur. If the build-up happens at night while all are sleeping, household members may become very sick without ever experiencing symptoms. This silent killer takes more than 400 lives (most susceptible to death are those 65 and older) in this country each year. It brings approximately 20,000 to emergency rooms and results in approximately 4,000 hospitalizations. Infants and young children fall ill more quickly because of their smaller bodies. Persons with anemia, chronic heart disease and respiratory problems are also easily affected by CO build up.
Home security in Los Angeles is critical. Many steps can be taken to prevent build-up of carbon monoxide in the home. Make sure your home is adequately ventilated. Never use a stove, portable flameless chemical heaters, generators, BBQs (charcoal or propane) or camping stove indoors. Ensure water heaters, furnaces and any coal or oil-burning appliances are checked once a year by a qualified technician. Make sure chimneys are not blocked, and have them cleaned professionally once a year. Open the garage door if you are running your vehicle.
These are important preventive steps to take. However, the most important element in protecting those you love from carbon monoxide poisoning is a CO detector. Install one outside every sleeping area and refresh batteries regularly (a good way to remember this is to change them when we adjust our clocks forward or back with daylight savings/standard time, i.e. twice a year). Have regular family emergency drills so everyone knows what to do if the alarms go off. Have an agreed-on meeting place and call 911 from there.
Pacific Alarms can professionally check your home for any potential threats from carbon monoxide poisoning. These Culver City security dealers have years of experience ensuring home security Los Angeles, and can be trusted to partner with you in keeping your family protected from this invisible threat. Go to www.pacificalarms.com for more information.