Are You Living With A False Sense Of Security?

Local businessmen,volunteer firefighters team up to make sure homeowners are educated about smoke detector reliability for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 2nd through Oct. 13th.


Submitted by Chris Dowler and Dave Nichols:

Smoke detectors have a 10-year reliability life.  This fact surprises many homeowners.  For most people, smoke detectors are a forgotten yet vital component of the home.  Detectors sit on the ceiling and are largely ignored except for the annoying chirping of a dying battery or the piercing yelp when food is burned.

Local businesses Dowler Construction Services, LLC and Nichols Electric, LLC have joined forces to bring home the message that many people may be living with a false sense of security.  According to both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and manufacturers, detectors should be replaced every ten years.

“It is ironic that most homeowners intuitively know that their precious electronics do not have a long life, yet we all expect our smoke detectors to last forever!” exclaimed Rebecca Gerard, one of the owners of Dowler Construction Services, LLC. 

“In addition, electrical and life safety codes have changed over the last ten years in regards to detector types, detector placement, and powering,” said Dave Nichols, owner of Nichols Electric, LLC.  “And the materials in our homes are different than just a few years ago – they burn much hotter and much faster.”

Smoke detectors offer the greatest protection for a family at the least expensive price – it is the single best value a family can have when it comes to life safety.  As a tie-in to Fire Prevention Week (October 7 – 13 this year) the two firms are offering free analyses of homeowners’ existing fire detection capabilities.  

Chris Dowler, an owner of Dowler Construction Services, LLC and Dave Nichols, owner of Nichols Electric, LLC have a combined 45 years as volunteer firefighters and a combined 60 years in the residential and commercial construction industries.  This level of knowledge and experience means that homeowners can be assured that their families’ life safety protection will be well served when they invest in an upgrade to their fire detection system.

For additional information, visit their website at www.Every10forLife.com

Daria Novak October 02, 2012 at 09:40 PM
For many years I served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Virginia. One thing that always got to me was when we arrived at a home burning with smoke detectors inside, but without batteries in the detectors or the contained dead batteries. PLEASE check your detectors. Don't overlook this simple procedure as it truly does save lives. Think of your loved ones.
Kathy DeBurra October 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Excellent message of safety! Thank you Chris and Dave!


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