Regularly testing smoke alarms could save your life

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A smoke alarm costs as little as $5 and can make all the difference in preventing expensive property damage. In some cases, smoke alarms save lives by warning people of a fire in their home before it's too late.

Smoke alarms are valuable because they're on guard 24/7 and buy people crucial minutes to safely evacuate their homes when disaster strikes. But your smoke alarm can only be on guard 24/7 if it has a working battery. That's why it's important to test them regularly.

For your safety, the personal injury lawyers of Hupy and Abraham, S.C. have put together a list of tips to keep your smoke alarm working properly.

·         Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside and outside of all bedrooms.

·         Test smoke alarms monthly.

·         Never remove smoke alarm batteries for use in other battery-operated devices.

·         Replace batteries at least once every year.

·         If the smoke alarm goes off while cooking, open windows and turn on fans until it stops. Don't remove the batteries.

In 2011, there were approximately 370,000 home structure fires that caused 13,900 injuries and more than 2,500 deaths. Those fires also incurred almost $7 billion in property damage.

Furthermore, 37 percent of the deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms, while 23 percent had smoke alarms that didn't work. That means 60 percent of the deaths could have been prevented by working smoke alarms.

Hupy and Abraham, S.C. encourages everyone to double-check that they have properly functioning smoke alarms in their homes. If you don't own your home, it's your landlord's responsibility to make sure the property is safe. This includes taking proper fire-prevention precautions.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of the negligence of your property owner, contact the negligent security attorneys of Hupy and Abraham, S.C. immediately.