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How Much Does It Cost To Install Fire Protection?

Typical Range: $199 - $1,019

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Fires are reported every 25 seconds, and about 85 percent of all fire deaths occur at a residential home. Because fires are often unpredictable, a small flame may become out of control within 30 seconds. However, these disasters may be prevented with a few good measures.

Residential Sprinkler Systems

Fire sprinkler systems have been used for almost a century and are currently present in most public buildings; however, most people don't realize this life-saving technology is actually available for residential homes. One study by the NFPA over a period from 2002 to 2006 found that houses equipped with both a sprinkler system and smoke alarms experienced 100 percent fewer deaths, 57 percent fewer injuries, and 32 percent less property damage than houses only equipped with smoke alarms. Additionally, homeowners who install fire sprinklers typically experience an 8 percent reduction in their homeowner's insurance premium. In 2013, the average cost of sprinklers was $1.61 per square foot, according to the Fire Protection Research Foundation. Considering the significant safety benefits, it's one of the best prevention methods against fires, and over time, it may even save homeowners money.

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Fire Extinguishers and Blankets

A new fire extinguisher typically costs $100 to $500 and about $30 to $100 to inspect and maintain annually. According to the NFPA, the average American household will have a fire large enough to need a fire extinguisher once every 10 years. A fire extinguisher may help save lives and property. Residents can use it to extinguish a small fire before the fire department arrives; however, these devices do have limitations because fires have the potential to grow rapidly. The priority should always be to get out safe. Fire blankets are often used in addition to fire extinguishers. Most nonflammable blankets may take temperatures of up to 900 degrees. These blankets may be helpful for individuals who aren't sure on how to use a fire extinguisher. Fire blankets typically cost about $30 to $100 and may last a long time without any maintenance cost.

Chimney Cap Spark Arrestors

Individuals who have fireplaces or wood-burning stoves in their homes should greatly consider purchasing chimney cap spark arrestors, and some communities may even require that residents purchase them. These devices prevent embers and sparks from entering the air and landing in a dry area, which may create a fire. Some states require that mesh screens be installed at the top of a chimney while some may just need to install spark arrestors indoors to prevent fires from entering the home. Spark arrestors usually cost between $400 to $3,500 and will likely require professional installation and maintenance fees.

Smoke Detectors and Heat Sensors

Smoke detectors are an important part of fire safety, especially in homes. When fires spread, alarms warn residents, giving them enough time to get to safety. In fact, a working smoke alarm reduces the chances of fatal fire accidents by 50 percent, according to the NFPA. Over 60 percent of all fire-related deaths happened in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. These devices typically cost about $15 to $100 and need to be replaced every 10 years. They should also be checked every three months for batteries, which may cost an additional $5 to $10, to ensure they are working properly. Heat sensors not only detect smoke but also detect when there is rise in temperatures in a room. They typically cost about $60 to $100, often have higher maintenance fees and may require a monthly service with a home protection company.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide, or CO, alarms have recently gained popularity. CO is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas. Homeowners who cook with natural gas or propane or keep a car in a garage may want to consider purchasing a CO alarm. Infants and pregnant women are more susceptible to the dangers of this gas. Additionally, a person may be poisoned by a small amount of CO over time. According to the NFPA, U.S. fire departments responded to over 80,000 CO incidents in 2010. These devices typically cost about $40 and about $85 to install. They will also need to be checked often to ensure they are working properly, and batteries will need to be replaced.

Fires use up all the oxygen in a room and produce poisonous gases that may be lethal. They also make individuals drowsy and disoriented. A fire's heat alone can kill as temperatures can rise up to 600 degrees. With the proper equipment, homeowners can greatly reduce the chances of injuries, property losses and deaths from a fire.

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