Doesn’t it seem silly to throw our bodies out of whack for a few days just to save time in the day?
The age-old myth is that Daylight Savings was adopted to give farmers extra time in the sun to work in the field. While this sounds great, it's not entirely why so many countries are following it. Daylight Savings Time is a system used to reduce electricity usage by extending daylight hours. Now, in the insurance world, we believe that there is an even better reason for Daylight Savings. That is, to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and your CO detectors. Some of us who have hardwired alarms still have batteries as backup, its always a good idea to test them and replace them if needed. Keep in mind they do have an expiration date!
The added time these alarms provide is critical. Modern building and furniture materials have drastically increased the rate at which a fire now spreads in a home so homeowners need all the time they can get! Now, if you have children and/or pets to retrieve and get out safely, that’s added time to your escape and all the more reason to have great smoke alarms.
Houses built today are not made the same as houses built just 40 years ago. Newer plastic and synthetic materials have replaced older materials and increased efficiency in homes however, they can be more dangerous in a fire due to their higher burn temps and speeds. For comparison on average It took just over 3 minutes for a new home on fire to flashover or become completely engulfed in flames. Whereas homes built in the 60s/70s took nearly 30 minutes to flashover due to the differences in building and furniture materials. When every second counts this makes a big difference!
Let’s think about this… if you don't have working smoke detectors and a fire starts it might be completely engulfed in flames before you are awake. Your chances of getting out safely have now been drastically reduced. We want to share some tips with you to keep you and your family safe from a residential fire.
Tips to Keep Your Home & Family Safe from Fire:
Now that you've gotten that extra hour of sleep this week, replace the batteries in your alarms, make an escape plan with your family, re-evaluate the material items in your home to give you and your family a little extra time to get out safely, and lastly... pick up that phone and call your agent today. Make sure your coverages are where they should be!