The Practicality of Installing a Smoke Alarm at Home

Fire is a very powerful element that can take away lives and possessions in an instant. Most fire victims who are lucky to survive these incidents are often those who received a fair amount of warning, or those who are equipped to put out the fire before they get bigger. In commercial buildings, government offices and condominium units, smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems are pre-requisites in issuing occupancy permits. But there are still a number of homes that simply rely on a fire extinguisher. However, a fire extinguisher may be of little use if the fire has grown big already. Having a smoke alarm installed in your homes can help prevent fires from growing through early detection.

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A smoke alarm in the house may entail some investment from the homeowner but the benefits of having one definitely outweigh its cost. Causes of fire accidents at home often include food left in the oven or cooking fire, children playing with matches, candles that were left unattended or faulty wiring. Most of these fires start out small and can be snuffed out with a douse of water or a small fire extinguisher. However, undetected fires can grow rapidly and trap family members inside the house once it gets to some amount of combustible materials. Smoke alarms can help household members manage the fire at its early signs by sounding a warning upon detection of smoke. Installing a smoke alarm in the house can be done by the homeowners themselves if they choose the do-it-yourself models. A more efficient option is the hard-wire smoke alarm which is usually installed by a licensed electrician.

There are various smoke alarm products that can be tailored to the protection needs of the family and the interior design. City officials impose a fire safety code for residential structures. This usually includes having both fire extinguishers and smoke alarms in their homes. But there are some areas where the fire safety compliance is merely having a fire exit available. Regardless of the case, it is up to the homeowners or building occupants to merely comply or take their own measures to ensure that they have ample protection in case of fire.

Pre-Festive Checks to Ensure your Home is Prepared

It’s hard to imagine that Christmas is just a few weeks away – it doesn’t seem two minutes since we were saying hello to the school summer holidays and yet, here we are, cranking up the heating for the first time in months and reading news reports about what could potentially be the worst weather in decades.

Staying warm throughout the winter months is imperative, especially over Christmas when chances are, you’ll have other people to worry about because of visiting guests – as well as children being off school over the holidays. With a little time in your favour, now would be ideal to start looking at your current situation to check where improvements can be made to ensure you and your family stay warm without breaking the bank.

radiator-261x300Check your boiler
It’s one of those commodities that many people take for granted, and with it not being used to its full potential for a while, now would be a common time for them to break down. Cranking up the heating and turning up the thermostat could cause your boiler to break under the strain – this is the last thing you need, isn’t it?
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You could invest in one of the energy efficient boilers from British Gas if you’re due for a brand new one. Otherwise, make sure you invest in an annual boiler service to ensure that it’s running like clockwork. If you pay a monthly premium for a boiler insurance, a service by British Gas should come as standard.

Turn on the Radiators

If they’ve been off for the summer months, you may need to bleed the radiators to allow any air pockets to escape. Now would be a perfect time to turn them on again, so that your home can warm through nicely. Stay conscious of your heating bill though – there’s no need to use all radiators if you don’t have to. In rooms that aren’t used often (such as the hallway and bathroom), you could probably do without heating from radiators. Similarly, unless you have guests staying with you (for example, over the Christmas period), the spare room doesn’t need to be kept constantly warm.

Keep Windows Closed

Don’t allow the residual heat to escape; you may as well just throw your money away! Keep windows closed and ensure that any draughts are sealed. If you have draughts around the windows, make sure that they’re caulked while you can use draught excluders at your doors to keep your rooms warm and snug.

Check the Insulation

While it’s not essential to do straight away, checking that the standard of your loft insulation is up to scratch can help to keep heating bills down. Regulations nowadays ask for 275mm of insulation in lofts – if what you have doesn’t meet this measurements, chances are you’re paying over the odds on your heating bill because it’ll take longer for your home to warm up as much as you’d like it to.

During the winter, it’s essential that you stay as warm as possible – especially during the big freeze. Think ahead and check that your home is as prepared for a cold snap as it can be.

By Roxanne Wells

Getting back to the basics: quilts

earthpatchquiltThere are some decorative accessories that have the amazing ability to influence the atmosphere of a room just as soon as you bring them in. An example of such an influential accessory is a patchwork quilt. When you are contemplating updating a bedroom decor or decorating a bedroom in your new home, there are several reasons why you should consider incorporating a patchwork quilt into the design. First and foremost, patchwork quilts are beautiful.

Regardless of what color scheme you choose or what specific patchwork design you select, the quilt actually becomes a piece of artistry in the room. Typically, the bed is the focal point of a bedroom design. Using a patchwork quilt as your bed covering will make the room’s focal point tremendously more impressive. Another reason to choose a patchwork quilt as your bed covering is it’s simplicity. Current decor trends emphasize the value of keeping your decor simple. Understated beauty is a priority. When you add a gorgeous quilt to your bed, there’s no need to add lots of other accessories. A bedskirt and possibly a few pillows are all you need to make your bed exquisitely attractive.

Eliminating the need for lots of frills and fancy accessories leaves more money in the decorating budget. You can concentrate on purchasing high quality, beautifully simplistic bedding such as that found at Linens-N-More. Their magnificent quilts will make your master bedroom, guest room or kid’s room look absolutely stunning.