How to Keep Your Home and Family Safe from Fires

How to Keep Your Home and Family Safe from Fires

February 12, 2018 at 10:59 AM

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One of the worst things about being the victim of a house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning is knowing that it could have been prevented had some simple measures been taken. 

Protecting your home and family from deadly smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide is as simple as having a customized alarm system installed by a certified dealer. Beyond that, there are some other measures you can take to keep your family safe. 

Install smoke detectors

Smoke detectors let your family know when a potential fire hazard is occurring and they help to ensure your family has enough time to get out when there is a fire. Well-maintained smoke detectors can be the difference between losing a few possessions and losing your whole home or a family member. 

Once your smoke detectors have been installed by a certified fire alarm installer, be sure to change the batteries once a year. Choose the time of year that’s best for you (spring or fall) and swap out the batteries so your alarms will continue to work. Replace your smoke detectors every 10 years.

Invest in sprinklers

Did you know that sprinklers minimize the damage from a fire as well as the damage done by fire hoses? Though sprinkler systems can wreak havoc on your electronics and decor, having them is better than going without.

To determine the best place for sprinklers in your home, contact the Hawkeye Communication team. We’re located in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo and would be happy to do an inspection of your home and provide you with personalized fire safety tips.

Carbon monoxide detectors

Protecting your home and family from a fire is the first half of keeping them safe. Carbon monoxide can be dangerous since it’s virtually impossible for humans to detect. Investing in a good carbon monoxide detection system can prevent poisoning and death. These detectors should be installed on each floor of your home. 

Come up with a plan

Having your family’s safety in mind is a priority for every homeowner. Once you decide to invest in smoke detectors, sprinklers, and carbon monoxide detectors, you’re well on your way to having a safe home. In the event that a fire happens, it is important to be prepared. 

We recommend creating and implementing a fire escape plan that everyone in your house can memorize and follow. Make sure your family knows how to exit windows, get to and use fire extinguishers if the fire isn’t out of control, and escape the home. 


Many residential fire losses are preventable, which is why we recommend having a fire alarm system integrated into your home’s security system. This will give you enhanced protection, support, and notification should a fire or carbon monoxide leak ever take place. 

Keeping your family safe is your top priority. Count on Hawkeye Communication to be your partner in fire and carbon monoxide safety. We install and maintain top of the line fire alarm systems and would be happy to meet with you regarding your family’s needs. Give us a call today to speak about a consultation. We’d also be happy to answer your fire safety and carbon monoxide system questions.