Didn’t mom always say, “Nothing good happens after midnight”? In most cases, this holds true.

Bad things don’t stop when the clock strikes 12. While you and your family are asleep, threats such as robbery, carbon monoxide and fire are still possible in your home. Are you protected? If not, the consequences could be deadly. Protect America, your Austin smoke detector experts, are here with a tragic news story that shows why you have to be prepared for the things that happen while you sleep.

Tragedy In Austin Apartment Fire

At 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, a fire started in a South Austin apartment kitchen. It wasn’t until a woman woke up to the smell of smoke that 911 was called. EMS and Fire services arrived to find a 30-year-old man unconscious from the fumes. CPR was performed and the man was rushed to a nearby Medical Center. Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save the man, and he passed away at the hospital. Along with a dog in the apartment that also passed away and $20,000 in damages, this was truly a devastating night caused by what fire officials are calling “unattended cooking.”

Be Prepared With Working Smoke Detectors

Perhaps the saddest part of this tragedy is the fact that it could have been easily prevented with working smoke detectors. If your home or apartment is without this necessary insurance, check out the Life Safety Monitored Smoke Detector from the Austin smoke detector experts at Protect America.

By adding smoke detectors to your home security system, you can sleep safe knowing your property is protected in the case of fire. Even if your security system is disarmed at night, our monitoring facilities will notify your local fire department if it detects a fire 24 hours a day. Your monitored smoke detectors can identify smoke or rapid rising temperatures, so you will be protected from all types of fire. Even better, the Life Safety Monitored Smoke Detector is a step above normal smoke detectors because it uses photoelectric sensor technology (as opposed to ionization sensor technology) to detect fires that don’t leave a lot of smoke. When you’re in need of an Austin smoke detector, look no further than Protect America.

There are a couple of other tips you should know when it comes to basic fire safety:

  • Be sure to turn off all electrical and heating appliances before you head to sleep
  • Keep at least one fire extinguisher handy on each floor of your home
  • Invest in a Fire Escape Ladder if you have a multi-story home
  • Have an escape plan ready, and practice it once a month

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