Sunday, October 7, 2012

This Week is Fire Prevention Week -- Is Your Family Prepared in Case of a Fire? Read on for Great Tips

2012 FPW

Whether it’s cooking in the kitchen or steam from the shower, everyone has experienced the piercing shriek that sounds when your smoke alarm goes off without a real fire. Although it can be just a false alarm, kids can be left scared and unsettled by the noise. Even more dangerous, to avoid the noisy problem in the future, many choose not to reconnect smoke alarms creating a potentially deadly problem. In fact, a survey by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

A new smoke alarm, called the IoPhic from Universal Security Instruments, is the first alarm to debut new smoke alarm technology in over 30 years. Since you can never predict when and where fires may occur in the home, this unique alarm uses a microprocessor technology to ensure the best detection of all types of fires from a single alarm.  The ideal “smart” alarm for every room in your home, the IoPhic is proven to virtually eliminate nuisance alarms protecting your family and home.

Key Features of this new smoke alarm:

  •  Uses state of the art Universal Smoke Sensing Technology and helps protect against both fast flaming and slow smoldering fires while eliminating the need for a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms with a single sensor.
  •  IoPhic alarms respond up to 87% faster than the maximum allowable alarm limit to slow smoldering fires and virtually eliminates nuisance alarms.
  • New smart technology that uses a patent pending microprocessor and enables the alarm to differentiate between a real fire and a nuisance alarm.
  • The best option for every room in the home for protecting your family and helps save lives.
  • Available with a 9-volt 10-yr. battery or hardwired 120 volt AC/DC.
  • End of service life warning -- Alarm signals when it is time for replacement (approximately 10 years from activation).


Fire Prevention Week is a good reminder to check the batteries in your smoke alarms, or even update them -- say for instance to the IoPhic.  I want sent one of these new smoke alarms to use in my home.  And, thankfully I haven't had to use it to tell you how well it works.  But, based on what I have read about this new smoke alarm, I am confident it will do its job.

Here are some additional steps to help protect your family from a fire:

  • Install and maintain a working smoke alarm outside of every sleep area and remember to change the battery at least once a year.  We use Fire Prevention Week and the two times a year when we set our clocks forward or backwards as a reminder in our house.
  • Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
  • Teach everyone the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique in case clothing catches on fire.
  • Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.
  • Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys. If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, check under beds and in closets for telltale signs like burned matches. Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet. 

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit


IoPhic Alarms and other smoke alarms from Universal Security Instruments are available at and, with prices ranging from $24.99 - $27.99, depending on model.

About Universal Security Systems:

Universal Security Instruments, Inc. is a U.S. based manufacturer of high quality, easy-to-install home security products. Founded in 1969, the Universal Security Instruments company has over 40 years of heritage in providing home safety products for families. With state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, Universal Security Instruments continues to launch revolutionary new products and technologies with the mission of always working to keep families protected. "   

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About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA’s website at for more information.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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