October is National Fire Safety Month so it’s a good time to review a fire safety check list and help educate your children on the dangers of fire and fire prevention.

The following are a few tips to make your home and your children safer from fire:

  • Install and properly maintain smoke detectors in your home. These should be placed on each floor level, outside each sleeping area and in each bedroom. Test the smoke alarm each month, replace the battery at least once a year and replace the smoke alarm every ten years, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Create a fire escape plan for your family and stage some mock fire drills. Review this plan with your children on a regular basis. Establish a designated meeting place outside the home, preferably at a neighbor’s who can call 911. Make sure they understand that once they are safely outside they should never go back into the house for anything!
  • Show children how to crawl low on the floor, below the smoke, to get out of the house and stay out in the case of fire. Also, demonstrate how to stop, drop to the ground and roll if their clothes catch on fire.
  • Have a portable fire extinguisher easily accessible to spaces with higher fire hazards such as the kitchen and fireplace.
  • Ensure that extension cords are UL-listed and connected to a fuse. Do not connect one extension cord to another.
  • Electrical outlets are designed for a certain amount of power demand. The use of multiple outlet extension cords can easily overload a circuit.
  • Fire prevention safety is never placing a halogen floor lamp where it could come in contact with draperies, clothing or other combustible materials and remove them entirely from children’s bedrooms. Children may play with lamps or place combustibles such as stuffed toys or clothing too close to the bulb.
  • Do not leave children alone around open flames, stoves or candles.
  • Keep matches, gasoline, lighters, paint thinners and other flammable materials out of children’s reach, away from sources of heat and outside of the home.
  • Make sure space heaters include a tip-over switch that shuts it off automatically if it accidentally turns over. Keep them off of carpeting and at least three feet from draperies, blankets and sofas.


Safer Alarms™ today announced the nationwide launch of the most innovative Christmas tree essential on the market: an ornament that detects potential tree fires. Unlike a basic smoke detector, the Safer Christmas Tree Alarm looks like an ornament, but is designed to detect fire risk at the source. It is compact and hides directly in the tree. Upon detection of a fire the ornament sensor instantly sends a signal to their remote alarm, placed in a safe location. Every year U.S. firefighters respond to roughly 200 Christmas tree fires. They are some of the deadliest in the home, resulting in one death per 32 occurrences on average, compared to one death per 143 home fires.

“There is no fire alarm system that alerts faster and detects at closer proximity, all while eliminating an increase in nuisance alarms. Simply put; faster detection is safer detection,” said Marc Toland, Safer Alarms Founder and CEO.

Toland founded Safer Alarms after three girls and their grandparents tragically died in a horrific Christmas morning fire. Toland and his family lived down the street. Toland is now on a personal crusade to raise awareness to fire safety and bring lifesaving products to market.

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Why It’s Better
Smoke detectors have been around for decades and are in almost every home and office, but their placement, usually in the middle of a ceiling in a hallway, makes them less than ideal. The reality is, by the time you hear your smoke alarm go off, it may be too late to do anything about it.

How It Works
Safer Alarms transforms the fire safety industry with its temperature heat sensors, placed at the source of common fires. Patent pending technology recognizes when temperature hits “danger zone” (150 degrees F or higher). The Christmas ornament transmits a wireless signal to an alarm unit and the alarm sounds instantly and continuously to alert the consumer to danger even if the ornament sensor is melted. The product is easy to assemble, no tools required.

The Safer Christmas Tree Alarm is available today on Amazon and via the website with a second line of products launching soon.

About Safer Alarms
Safer Alarms is dedicated to creating products that detect fires straight from the source. Unlike typical fire alarms, Safer Alarms creates niche fire detectors that result in alerting homeowners as soon as danger arises.