Smoke Alarms are a Must!
Realtors should alert clients to fire hazards in their home. This includes advising them to install fire and smoke alarms, for their own safety, as well as prior to listing the home for sale. Smoke alarms, or the lack thereof, will be noted in the home inspector’s report.
The National Fire Prevention Association has found that less than one minute may elapse between the time a house is beginning to smoke until it is completely engulfed in flames. When properly installed, smoke alarms can ensure that your clients will wake up in time to get out of a burning home and save their lives. Although smoke alarm laws have been part of the building code for more than 20 years, they are one of the most frequently violated home safety requirements. Many homes have no smoke alarms, have too few, have ones that are incorrectly placed, or ones that don’t work.