Every October is FIRE SAFETY MONTH in the U.S., and Skip wants to remind you of the importance of protecting your family and home with these very simple and easy to use products by Rockwool & Kidde
- Made primarily of rock, ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation is noncombustible – it resists fire up to 2150˚F or 1170˚C. Because it’s made primarily of rock, it achieves its fire resistance with the need for any added chemical flame retardants, which some other insulations include.
- Because of its fire-resistant properties, ROCKWOOL provides excellent passive fire protection, helping to limit the ability of fire to spread, protecting escape routes, and potentially allowing critical extra time to escape when seconds count. This makes it an excellent building material for fire prevention and is a top choice when building or renovating for fire safety.
- ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation does not contribute to smoke or harmful gases in the event of a fire. This is important to those escaping and for responding firefighters.
- Consider installing ROCKWOOL Safe‘n’Sound® insulation in walls, and ceilings between floors for maximum fire protection inside your home. Use noncombustible ROCKWOOL Comfortbatt® insulation in exterior walls, attics, and crawl spaces.
- ROCKWOOL is also water repellent, resisting mold, mildew, and bacterial growth, and helping maintain the air quality within your home.
- ROCKWOOL is easy to cut and install. It’s so simple – just use a common bread knife or serrated blade. Simply compress, insert in to the stud cavity, and release – helping to minimize gaps that can reduce the thermal performance of an installation.
- ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation also offers superior sound dampening, due to its non-directional fire structure, so you get fire protection and great sound attenuation in one product!
Steps to Safety: How to Protect Your Family from a Fire
Don’t be a statistic. Be safe. A fatal house fire occurs approximately every three hours in America, and more than 20,000 people are injured or die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning every year. The numbers may be alarming, but just a few steps can help shield your family from danger at home.
Step 1 – Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.
- Use Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery alarms and never change a battery.
- Choose the right alarm for the right location in every room and on each level.
- Test alarms weekly. If using traditional battery-powered alarms, remember to replace batteries as needed, at least twice a year.
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Step 2 – Place Fire Extinguishers Within Reach on Every Level of Your Home.
- Install close to exits, and in the kitchen and garage. Include all locations where a fire may start.
- Check the gauge monthly to be sure it is pressurized.
- Replace fire extinguishers that are over 12 years old or after use.
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Step 3 – Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms on Each floor and Near Bedrooms.
Look for the “UL Listed” symbol to be sure the alarm meets quality standards.
- Replace outdated alarms with Kidde Worry-Free 10-year sealed battery alarms.
- Test alarms weekly.
- Because CO weighs about the same as air, an alarm can be plugged into an outlet, placed on a table or shelf or mounted high on a wall. Refer to the user’s manual for installation instructions.
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Step 4 – Create an Escape Plan With Your Family.
- Practice regularly, both day and night.
- Know 2 ways out of every room.
- Know who will assist children and those with mobility/health issues.
- Have escape ladders in upstairs rooms.