Smoke detectors are the most popular and most common piece of equipment found in home and businesses for fire prevention and protection. In addition to smoke detectors, there are several other tools you can purchase and install in your home to help protect against fires.
While smoke detectors or alarms can pick up on the presence of smoke, a heat sensor can detect extreme temperatures and alert you of when there’s a very hot area in your home. This type of sensor may alert you of a fire quicker than a smoke detector because the smoke coming off a fire may take longer to reach and set off the alarm than heat will. Some states like Florida and areas in the south experience hotter than normal temperatures in the summer and even spring months. Having a heat sensor like the ones in security systems found here: http://www.securitychoice.com/adt-home-security/Florida/, can alert you of dangerously high temperatures, in addition to fire.
Another piece of equipment is a rope ladder. They can be purchased or made with materials in your home, but the models that you purchase have been tested and approved for safety. Keeping rope ladders by or near windows allows for a quick and safe escape from second (or even first) floor windows. Many other types of affordable and practical fire safety equipment are available and could help save your life in a fire.