Home Fire Safety: Get Alarmed!

Home Fire Safety: Get Alarmed!


Are You Alarmed?

Smoke alarms. We know what they look like. We (hopefully) know where they’re located in our homes. But the question is: Do we know that they’ll work if there’s a fire?

Smoke alarms are an essential component of every home.

According  to the US Fire Administration, winter home fires make up a large portion of overall residential fire casualties. As commercial and residential Property Inspectors SkyTech want to ensure that all homeowners understand the importance of smoke detectors in every structure.

Below are some tips from essurance and the U.S. Fire Administration on keeping your home safe from fires.

Smoke detectors can help protect you and your family in the event of a fire, but they need proper maintenance to work. Here are some tips for keeping your smoke detector running:

  • Test a smoke detector monthly by pressing the test button. If the detector chirps, then it’s operational. Set a regular date on your calendar every month.
  • Replace smoke detector batteries once a year, even if you still get a positive battery response when you test it. A great time to do this is during spring cleaning.
  • If your smoke detector does not emit a positive test tone after putting in a fresh battery, replace the detector.
  • Replace your smoke detector once every 10 years, even if it passes the chirp test. Write the installed date on a piece of masking tape and stick it to your detector for easy reference.
  • Check your detector for a “replace by” sticker. If you can’t find a date, replace it immediately.

Follow all these tips and you can keep your home and family safe!

According to the Residential Fire Safety Institute, over 92 percent of dwellings in the U.S. have at least one smoke detector. That sounds like an encouraging statistic, but it’s estimated that one third of these alarms no longer work. This is because many of us either forget to test our alarms or don’t replace dead batteries when we should.

Below are some tips from the U.S. Fire Administration on keeping your home safe from fires.

Smoke detector maintenance

While smoke alarms are fairly low-maintenance, they can’t be completely ignored. Use these tips to keep them sharp:

  • Replace smoke alarms every decade. After 10 years, they have a 30 percent failure rate.
  • Vacuum alarms at least once a year to remove dust, a big contributor to faulty alarms
  • Replace batteries every year unless you use the long-life kind
  • Avoid using long-life batteries in older smoke alarms as they could render them inoperable
  • Install a mix of both ionization and photoelectric alarms. The ionization detectors activate quicker for fast, flaming fires, while the photoelectric detectors respond faster to slow, smoldering fires.

Smoke alarm location

To ensure that you’ll hear the alarm and be able to respond quickly, it’s a good idea to situate them:

  • Outside each bedroom area
  • In each bedroom
  • On every level of your home

Though cooking accounts for most home fires, you don’t want the alarm going off every time you cook, so make sure it’s not too close to the kitchen.

New home fire safety

If you’re building a new home, the smoke alarms should be powered by the house’s electrical system and have backup batteries. Also, the alarms should be interconnected so if one unit detects smoke, all units will sound.

While building codes today are stricter regarding fire safety, some fire officials think newer homes are more at risk compared to older homes. New homes are typically more insulated, which keeps fire from escaping and causes it to burn faster and hotter. All the more reason to make sure your fire alarms are in working order.

Other fire safety measures

  • Fire sprinklers: To get the facts (and dispel the myths), take a look at the USFA’s Home Fire Protection (PDF) to learn why residential fire sprinkler systems are less troublesome than you may think.
  • Portable extinguishers: You want to place the extinguisher in a spot that will let you escape. Remember, most of us aren’t fire experts. While you may be successful in extinguishing a burning pot, putting the fire out on a mattress might be impossible with a small extinguisher. Getting everyone out of the house and calling the fire department should take priority.
  • Windows: To give you and your family room to escape, experts recommend that windows be a minimum of 5.7 square feet. Height should be 24 inches while width needs to be at least 20 inches.

SkyTech wants to remind you smoke alarms, sprinklers, and extinguishers can help protect you and your home.  But, only if you do your part. Place the smoke detectors in appropriate places. Test them regularly and do regular maintenance on all the smoke detectors in your home. Such a simple step to protect all your loved ones and your property. Take a moment to be sure!

For More Information Follow these Links:

US Fire Administration


(No mention or link to any business/organization is intended as an endorsement or referral of the organization by SkyTech)



Why choose a NACHI-Certified Inspector?

Some states, unlike New Mexico, have a licensure requirement for Property Inspection Professionals.  It is important to understand that a state licensure requirement only sets a minimum standard.  Much like being “up to code”, any lower standard would be both unethical, and probably illegal. Using this “Low-Bar” example, theoretically, pretty much anyone could claim to be an experienced Property Inspection Professional.

Some Professional Property Inspection Associations have absolutely NO entrance or certification requirements and, worse, some associations actually encourage their inexperienced “associates” to go out and perform real-time / fee-paid inspections for unsuspecting consumers as the only way to achieve “full membership”.

As NACHI-Certified Professional Property Inspection Professionals, we find this practice unconscionable.

  • FACT: NACHI rejects more than 60% of candidate inspectors who desire certification due simply to the fact that these candidates cannot pass the NACHI Certified Inspector exam.
  • FACT: Additionally, NACHI turns down approximately 90% of the remaining candidates due to their inability to fulfill and maintain the rigorous Membership Requirements.

In order to achieve status as a NACHI Certified Professional Inspector (CPI), a Candidate must complete each of the following requirements:

  • Join InterNACHI
  • Pass InterNACHI’s Inspector Examination
  • Successfully complete InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics Course
  • Successfully complete InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice Course
  • If a CPI candidate has never performed a fee-paid inspection, he or she must:
    • Submit four mock inspection reports to InterNACHI’s Report Review Committee for verification of content accuracy and standardized reporting protocol.

Upon completion of the above requirements, a candidate must then sign the InterNACHI CPI Affidavit attesting to, and confirming current and future compliance with all certification codes, standards and practices, as well as all continuing-education requirements.

In order to maintain CPI Status, a NACHI-Certified Professional Inspector must:

  • Adhere to all InterNACHI Standards of Practice
  • Abide by the InterNACHI Code of Ethics,
  • Abide by InterNACHI’s Continuing Education Policy, and
  • Maintain, at all times for verification, an online member Continuing-Education Log.

Within the 1st Year a NACHI CPI must complete the:

  • Safe Practices for the Home Inspector course………………………………….(4.0 Hours)
  • 25 Standards Every Inspector Should Know course…………………………(5.0 Hours)
  • Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors course……………………..(8.0 Hours)
  • How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections course………………..(4.0 Hours)
  • How to Perform Roof Inspections course………………………………………..(4.0 Hours)
  • How to Inspect HVAC Systems course……………………………………………(12.0 Hours)
  • Structural Issues for Home Inspectors course………………………………….(4.0 Hours)
  • How to Perform Exterior Inspections course……………………………………(16.0 Hours)
  • Inspecting Attic, Insulation, Ventilation / Interior course………………….(14.0 Hours)
  • How to Perform Deck Inspections course…………………………………………(3 Hours)
  • How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion course…………………………………..(8 Hours)
  • How to Inspect Fireplaces, Stoves, and Chimneys course…………………..(4.0 Hours)

TOTAL COURSEWORK / 1ST YEAR:                                        86 HOURS

Every 36 Months a NACHI CPI must:

Successfully pass the InterNACHI Inspector Examination


NACHI CPI’s are also covered by InterNACHI’s $10,000.00 Honor Guarantee

As you can see, it just makes good sense to work with a NACHI Certified Professional Inspector!  Visit www.nachi.org to learn more!

Visit our website to learn more about the qualifications of Team SkyTech SkyTechnm.com

Property Inspection Offers January 2019

Property Inspection Offers January 2019

SkyTech of New Mexico is always looking out for our real estate agents and their customers!

For that reason we offer coupons and special value added services to your menu of services. Please take advantage of these specials when you schedule an inspection online or by calling us at 505.445.8300.

$25 Voucher off a Standard Residential Inspection



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Give Your Clients Some “Bang For The Buck” In 2019


2018 was a great year and we’re thankful for having the opportunity to work with professionals like YOU. We’re looking forward to a happy and prosperous 2019 and wish the best for you and your clients as well!
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  • Develop recommendations for energy improvements
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Resolutions Are Out!

Resolutions Are Out!

2019 Has Arrived!

Many people will be optimistically setting themselves New Year’s resolutions. It seems to be an unwritten rule. Common resolutions are to eat healthier, get more exercise and to save more money. Other people agree that they won’t be bothering with any resolutions. The problem is resolutions are hard to keep! All that wasted effort thinking them up… then they are out the window before the end of January. How about trying something different this year. Maybe it would be easier to stick to your goals for 2019!

Make a list of FUN things to accomplish.

Forget the pressure. Create a list of fun things to accomplish this year. No order, no time limits just a list to choose from. Go to the restaurant that you have been wanting to go to for years, take up a new hobby, learn to cook or to play an instrument, find volunteer opportunities that allow you to meet new people, read more books, or set a goal to do something kind every day for 2019. Make the things on your list something to look forward to. Don’t pressure yourself to accomplish them all.

Challenge Yourself Monthly

Pick a different task to focus on each month. Home improvement, volunteerism, money, hobbies and fitness are all great goals. Choose goals that are important to you. Challenge a family member, friend or co-worker to do this with you. Friendly competition can make things fun and exciting. Keeping the challenge short term helps keep the momentum and focus going. Reward yourself when you meet your goal each month.

Make a Top 10 list

Start by making a personal top ten idea list for 2019. Keep these ideas in mind when you make your monthly challenge. Don’t use the list as a must do but as a resource to motivate yourself when you need inspiration.