When you’re looking into doing some DIY personal security, you are often looking at cameras, surveillance systems, alarm systems, lighting, locks, and deadbolts. However, there is another aspect to personal security that is often overlooked. That is susceptibility to home disasters; such as fires, floods, or gas leaks.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
According to the United States Fire Administration, over 3,400 Americans pass away yearly in fires. Another 17,500 are injured in fires. Many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented. Fire is a very serious thing, not to be taken lightly. What a tragedy, to lose one’s house or even one’s life in an accident that could have been prevented! Don’t let that happen to you.
One of the easiest ways to prevent accidental death in a fire is to install smoke alarms throughout the house. It’s a simple DIY solution, and it’s absolutely life-or-death important to do so. Some smoke alarms are simple little devices that take a battery and plug into an outlet to have two alternate power sources. Some can be wired into your house itself, but this can sometimes take some more work. Both options are relatively inexpensive.
Make Sure You’re Protected
Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most common types of lethal poisoning. It involves being exposed to carbon monoxide gas, which is fatal to breathe for too long. Carbon monoxide binds to red blood cells and makes them unable to carry oxygen any more, essentially suffocating the victims even though they are still breathing. Common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning are faulty water and air heaters, unventilated wood fires, electrical generators, and other faulty appliances that use combustion. Carbon monoxide is odorless, tasteless, and invisible: basically, it cannot be detected by humans using any of their natural senses. The surest DIY way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home is to set up carbon monoxide detectors attached to alarms that could wake you up or alert you whatever you were doing. DIY personal security just isn’t complete without carbon monoxide detectors—you can purchase carbon monoxide detectors that just plug into outlets in your home.
The main issue that you might run into with these simple DIY methods is that pets who might be home alone while you’re at work won’t know what to do even if an alarm goes off. Furthermore, depending on where you’re at in the house and whether or not you wake up immediately to the alarms, a house fire may have you hemmed in to a room. Carbon monoxide poisoning might set in on you while you’re sleeping and incapacitate you to leave. Thus, the safest method to protect yourself from home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning is to enlist the help of a professional personal security service. They not only set up carbon monoxide alarms in all of the places that could plausibly cause a problem, but many services have 24-hr monitoring that will call you the moment one of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms goes off. If you don’t answer, they send the authorities immediately. Such a quick response could save your house, your pets, or even your very life.