Did you know that if you are going to make any home improvments in the Fresno City or Fresno County area, and the work totals $1000 or more, you are required to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home to bring it up to code?
As of January 1st, 2014, all homes that exceed $1000 in home improvements are required to get a permit and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in their home.
Installing these detectors should be done regardless of the requirements from your city or county. Having early warnings of the dangers in your home can not only keep you safe, but can be an early detection system for any problems that can arise. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas, so without a carbon monoxide detector, you won't know if your family is in danger until it's possibly too late. Smoke detectors have been around for ages, and have saved countless lives by alerting people of fires so that they are able to escape to safety in a reasonable amount of time.
In some cases, if you have these detectors installed in your home, it could save money on your homeowner’s insurance. Policies are typically given to those that have this system in place. It tells the insurer that you, the homeowner, are taking responsibility for your property, and you’re prepared in the event of a disaster.
Whether you're bringing your home up to code, or just in the need of some added security and peace of mind, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be a valuable tool to give you the reassurance that if there is a problem in your home, they'll be there to let you know.