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Fire Safety Tips – Smoke and CO Detectors | The Home Depot


Katlin, you have a beautiful home. Oh, well thanks. I’m glad you’re here. One of neighbors actually had a fire a couple
of days ago and lost everything, so it got me thinking about my house and making sure
we have all the right stuff here. Well, safety is the most important. So most fires start in the kitchen. Why don’t we take a look and see what we’ve
got going on here. Okay. Yeah, it’s right this way. So this is the kitchen. Beautiful. I see you already have a fire extinguisher. Yes, I just bought that, but there were a
lot to choose from so I don’t even know if I got the right kind. Well, there are a lot to choose from and it
can be confusing. So you want to look at the labels on the fire
extinguisher, A, B, and C. A is for fires that start with wood and paper. B is for fires that start with flammable liquids
like grease, oil, and gasoline. And then you have C, which start from electrical
equipment like appliances, electrical wiring, and that. Also there’s different kinds in terms of rechargeable
and not rechargeable. It has a gauge. You have a green area. You want to make sure the needle is in the
green area. Then it’s good. Okay. So am I good if I just have a fire extinguisher
in the kitchen or are there other places that I need to have one? You should definitely have them in multiple
places in the house, especially if you have a two story. You’re going to want one in the upstairs and
the downstairs, one in the garage, and definitely if you have a basement one in the basement. Okay. Cool. Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? I don’t. So PASS is a great word to remember how to
use it. You’re going to pull the pin to activate the
unit. You’re going to aim it at the base of the
fire, not at the flames. Then you’re going to squeeze the lever to
emit the contents. And then you’re going to sweep back forth
along the fire until it’s out. You want to keep a safe distance away to make
sure till the fire is out that you’re safe. Okay. Sounds good. Yes. What’s next? So next, you want to keep ahead of a fire,
so we’re going to talk about smoke detectors. So we’re up here in the bedroom. It’s the best place to start for smoke alarms. And I’ve laid out a bunch of options for you. And there are a lot to choose from. There are a lot to choose from. There’s two types of main smoke detectors. We’ve got ionization and photoelectric. What is the difference between those two? The ionization responds best to high flaming
fires and photoelectric responds best to smoldering fires. Okay. Okay. And then you have a combo unit that is for
both, photoelectric and ionization, and this is the best kind to have. Okay. Great. So what about installation? Are they easy to install? How does that work? You know, they are very easy to install. There’s three different types of ways to power
your smoke detector. So the first type is battery operated. It’s solely run on battery and very easy to
install because there’s no electrical wiring. Then you’ve got the hardwired unit and this
has a battery backup so in case of power failure you’re still safe. Oh, nice. Also, with hard-wired units you can. There are some units that can connect to each
other, so in a large house situation they will all go off at the same time and alert
everybody that there is a fire. That’s cool. Then we’ve got lithium ion. This one is one that lasts for 10 years and
then it’s done. So after 10 years do I just replace the battery? No, with the lithium ion it will last for
10 years and then you replace the whole unit. Okay, okay. I see. Okay. Now are they universal, the smoke detectors,
or are there different kinds for different rooms? So with the lithium ion there are different
kinds that are specific to different rooms. And we’ve got one for the bedroom that has
a talking alarm, so it will give you a voice alert and wake you up in the middle of the
night. Then for the hallway there’s an emergency
safety light and that will light your path to safety. Okay. And then in the kitchen, this has an intelligent
sensor. And that means when you’re cooking and there’s
smoke emitting it will not go off unless there’s a real fire. Okay. Great. So they also all have a hush button. So if there is a nuisance alarm, it’s not
real, you can just press the hush button, it will go off. Great. Thank you. You’re welcome. So what is the difference between these and
a smoke detector? Well, carbon monoxide is known as a silent
killer, so you can’t see it and you can’t smell it so you would not know that it was
there unless you had a carbon monoxide detector. And there’s a lot of different versions of
carbon monoxide detectors. You have your individual one that gets hardwired. You also can get a battery operated one, so
there’s no wiring involved. Okay. There is plugin units that you can just plug
into your outlet. And there’s also combo units that is a smoke
detector and a carbon monoxide detector. Oh, okay. And there are hardwired units that also can
be interconnected to each other just like with smoke alarms, so if one goes off they
all go off, which is a great safety feature. With the lithium ion unit, it’s a combination
smoke alarm and carbon monoxide unit. It has a voice alarm and a hush button. Also, if you have a home automation system
there are units that work really well and interconnect with your home automation system
and then it will alert your tablet or your smartphone in case of emergency when you’re
not home. Oh, that’s awesome. So where exactly do I put these in the house? Is the ceiling the best place to put them? It is. Specifically in the center of the ceiling
is the best location. But if you can’t put it there and it needs
to be closer to where the wall meets the ceiling, you want to make sure to at least go down
four inches onto the wall or across four inches away from the wall on the ceiling. Okay. So why is that? Well, in most cases some dead air pockets
can form in the corners or at the crease, so you want to make sure to keep those areas
free. Oh, okay. What about mounting them? Are they easy to mount? They are easy. You’re going to use two mounting screws and
a mounting bracket. Put that up. Once you have the mounting bracket up you’re
going to twist the detector into the bracket and then make sure you test them. Okay. Easy enough. Yes. And one more thing. If you have a multi-level house like this,
you want to make sure and have a fire safety ladder upstairs and a good location and then
in case of fire you can just drop it out the window and have a safety exit. Awesome. Thank you so much. I feel so much safer now. You’re welcome. And thanks for shopping at Home Depot.

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