Are You Ready in Case of a Fire?

February 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, my cousin Paula (who is more like a sister), had a fire in her condo.  While she was lucky enough to get out with just singed hair, her place and all of its contents was a complete write off.  Fortunately, her boyfriend had fallen asleep on the couch and heard the fire and got her out, along with all of the neighbors, but if he hadn’t been there it could have been completely tragic since it happened at 3 in the morning.  We’re all just so glad that she’s okay; you can replace stuff but it’s hard to replace a friend, child, or sister.

So, how prepared would you be if this happened at your house?  Would you have working smoke detectors?  Do you have at least one fire extinguisher in your house? Do you have a plan in case of a fire while you are in your bedroom?  Luckily, this month at Costco you can get all of your safety needs in check and save $7.00 per item with the First Alert coupon for fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and Tundra fire extinguishing spray.  I had bought a couple of fire extinguishers with a previous Costco coupon, so I didn’t need any this year.  However, I did get a couple of packages of the Tundra spray this year to complete my fire safety repertoire.  Here is the list of products from First Alert that you can get through March 1st for $7.00 off at Costco (and the coupon is for an unlimited number of items, so buy all you need):

First Alert Smoke and Fire Alarm, 2 pack – Did you know that with a properly working smoke detector in your house the chances of dying in a fire are cut in half?  But you have to have enough smoke detectors to protect and alert everyone in the house, and they all need to be functioning properly as well.  This is a photoelectric type smoke detector so you won’t get it going off all the time when you’re cooking or if there’s steam from your shower. There is a button to quickly mute the detector in case of false alarms or to test the system, which you should do every month.   And if the battery should be low or going bad, you can easily replace it without removing the whole alarm from the ceiling.  It has a very loud 85dB detector alarm, so you should be able to hear that even if you’re sleeping.  Plus, it has a 10 year limited warranty.  All smoke detectors should be replaced about every 10 years according to the U.S. Fire Administration.  If you sleep with the doors open, smoke detectors should be placed outside of all bedrooms (inside the bedrooms if you prefer to sleep with the door closed) and on every level of your home.  You should not put a smoke detector in your attic, crawl space, kitchen, bathroom, or garage.  2 detectors.  $21.99 – $7.00 = $14.99.

First Alert Fire Extinguisher – This is good for your home and is effective against the most common household fires: wood, paper, fabric, flammable liquid fires and live electrical equipment fires.  You can even get it refilled (they have certified professionals for this job) if you use it.  It’s made out of metal and the gauge is easy-to-read and color coded to provide accurate measurement.  You also get a bracket to secure it to the wall, plus, there are simple 4-step instructions on the side of the extinguisher that won’t rub off or deteriorate from water or chemicals.  It also has a 10 year limited warranty.  According to the CDC, most home fires occur between 8 pm and 8 am.  So, storing extinguishers in the bedroom or bedroom closet is a good idea. Extinguishers should be placed along all escape routes from the house, as well. Areas that are prone to fires, such as the kitchen, furnace area, garage and workshop, should also have a fire extinguisher readily available. The best policy is to have several fire extinguishers located throughout the home where they are readily available. This is a 5 pound extinguisher with a 3A40BC rating.  $31.99 – $7.00 = $24.99.

First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray, 2 pack – This is a new product from First Alert that is smaller than a regular fire extinguisher and easier to use.  This is a quick aerosol spray that can put out any type of fire.  According to First Alert, Tundra spray is more effective for household fires and is able to last 4 times as long as regular household extinguishers, so you can have a better chance of putting out the fire or at least getting out of your house without injury during a fire.  The design is similar to a can of hair spray, and about the same size, so even in the panic of a fire you’ll be likely to respond quickly.  They say these are good for keeping in the kitchen, garage, office, RV, car, or workshop, by fireplaces or grills, taking with you when you are camping, grilling, boating, or any room in the home with candles or other fire hazards.  I bought these to supplement my regular fire extinguishers and to keep in all of the bedrooms, our family room, and to take with us when we go camping.  Since the size is so small it is very easy to put in your bathroom, bedroom or car without taking up a lot of space.  2 cans of spray.  $19.99 – $7.00 = $12.99.

First Alert Digital Carbon Monoxide Alarm – So, this won’t help you in case of a fire but it’s always good to have at least one of these alarms in the house.  My sister actually gave me one of these as a housewarming present when we bought our first house.  We should probably replace ours since my guess is that these have a similar lifespan as a smoke detector.  Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas produced by incomplete combustion that can prove lethal at high concentrations.  When the detector senses a high concentration of CO in the air, the alarm is tripped and will allow you to get out and ventilate the area.   You can get a build up of CO from an open flame, space heaters, water heaters, furnaces, blocked chimneys or running a car inside a garage.  Carbon monoxide detectors are similar to smoke detectors in their placement around the house, as well as how often you should test them:    place a carbon monoxide detector outside of bedrooms; test the alarm once per month; and be sure to replace the batteries when they are low.  Since this CO alarm plugs in to an outlet, the batteries are just for backup in case of a power outage.  You’ll know when the batteries are low because there will be a little chirping noise to signal when it is time to replace the batteries.  There is a similar noise made when it is time to replace the whole unit.  The CO alarm at Costco also comes with a digital read out so that you can easily see the level of CO present, even if it isn’t at high concentrations.  The alarm comes with a 5 year limited warranty.  $29.69 – $7.00 = $22.69.

Be sure to get your fire and household safety tools up to par and take advantage of the coupon at Costco before it expires March 1.  It’s always so much better to spend the money on things like these and never use them, than to not purchase them and wish you had when something bad happens.

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4 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Costco US Coupon Book: February 3 – 27, 2011 | Addicted To Costco! // 2011.01.27 at 7:23 am

    […] First Alert Home Safety Products, $7.00 off, no limit.  This is an instant savings, so no coupons needed. […]

  2. 2 Lissa // 2009.02.26 at 2:45 pm

    What timing! I picked up a package of 9V batteries at Costco today, so I can replace all the batteries on our smoke detectors to coincide with the time change next month.

  3. 3 Kimberly // 2009.02.26 at 12:55 pm

    Yes, I should have mentioned that in my post. On my canisters the expiration date isn’t until the end of 2011 which gives me a couple of years before I’ll need to stock up again.

  4. 4 Sharon // 2009.02.26 at 12:44 pm

    These deals are great! I bought two packs of the Tundra. I might take one pack back, though, because they have expiration dates.

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