Smoke Damage Doesn’t Have to Corrode Your Life. SERVPRO of Fargo Can Help.
Smoke can damage walls, floors, ceilings, and personal objects quickly. A properly working smoke detector can help prevent large scale-damage. Stay aware and be prepared. SERVPRO® of Fargo is a leader in the remediation of smoke damage.
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Because both smoke damage gets much worse over a short time, call us as soon you know everyone is safe. Our emergency services are always available. Don’t worry about waiting for normal business hours – whatever they are – we’re open whenever disasters happen.
Call us: 701-232-2455
Smoke Detectors Save Lives
Things to Remember About Smoke Detectors
- The alarms are annoying to get your attention –never remove the batteries or the smoke detectors themselves
- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes that working smoke detectors save lives, and that nearly half the deaths in the United States could have been prevented if there had been batteries in the smoke detectors
- Since the 1970s, furniture and other materials in houses burn hotter and faster than earlier, organic materials, giving people less time to get out of a house
- From the sound of an alarm to destruction of a two-story house: under five minutes
- In under 3.5 minutes, the room where the fire started will be so hot that people cannot breathe
- The materials also give off toxic fumes, so…
- Leave the house when the alarm goes off
- Either change the batteries every year OR
- Buy smoke detectors that come with 10-year batteries
- Make sure you have at least:
- One smoke detector in every bedroom/ sleeping unit
- One on every floor (larger houses need more)
- One in every outbuilding (garages, work sheds, etc.)
- The NFPA recommends a system that wires the smoke detectors in one system so when alarm goes off, they all go off
- Smoke detectors should be hardwired so a system can alert emergency services
Some of us know people who live near people who are related to people who are old enough to know about the bad old days: smoke detectors went off when someone wanted well-done burgers, or if the toaster worked just a little too aggressively, or if someone in the house just thought about cooking hot peppers.
Contemporary smoke detectors are better now.
Even so, there are ways to reduce the number of false alarms:
- Don’t install smoke detectors immediately above cooking appliances or fireplaces
- Direct cooking smoke away from smoke detectors by placing fans near open windows (not that we expect you’d think closed windows would do any good)
- Be careful about placement of candles
Trivia Time – Hooray! (?)
January is National Cheesy Sock Month
We hope that means socks with silly designs, rather than socks dipped in fondue, or socks filled in unwrapped cheese. We love cheese, but not to as something to munch on along with knitwear.
Okay, back to work.
SERVPRO of Fargo Will Help Restore Your Home After a Fire