As discussed in Part 1, the probability of electrical accidents for the elderly at home is greater because so many live in older or low-quality housing equipped with outdated or faulty electrical systems and appliances. The risk increases if the senior has a condition that affects mobility and memory, such as Parkinson’s and dementia. Part 2 will discuss smoke alarms, assistive technology, and home heating.
Four years ago, the Maryland General Assembly amended and updated the existing thirty-eight year old Maryland Smoke Alarm Law to implement new technology. If you are a homeowner or residential landlord, you are required to comply with its regulations for upgrading smoke alarms by January 1, 2018. Consult with a licensed electrician regarding installation to ensure the safety of residents and that your alarms are in compliance with code.
The National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code sets forth their requirements for home smoke alarm installation. According to the organization, “NFPA 72 provides the latest safety provisions to meet society’s changing fire detection, signaling, and emergency communications demands.” The code has rules that “cover the application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems.” Below are the NFPA’s smoke alarm installation recommendations for homes:
For your safety and protection it’s very important to have at least one smoke detector installed on every level of your home. This installation can save your life if a fire breaks out in your home. In case of such incident, the smoke detector will detect smoke and sound an alarm to warn you of danger. This alert will give you and your family time to exit to safety and call 911 for help.
There are two types of smoke detectors. One has wiring that is connected to a fire alarm. The other system is considered a smoke detector that will set off an alarm and may flash to warn you of danger.