Facts about Smoke Alarms

When a fire occurs in a home, smoke is the biggest threat to people’s lives. However, the risk for anyone to lose their life in a home fire is cut in half when there are working smoke alarms in the home. Simply put, smoke alarms save lives. Here are other important facts about smoke alarms:

  • According to The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), 60% of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.
  • Nearly 75% of all U.S. homes have at least one working smoke alarm.
  • In 50% of the reported fires in homes that had smoke alarms, the alarms did not sound because they were disconnected or had no batteries.
  • Most home fire fatalities happen when people are asleep (between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.). Smoke alarms help occupants wake up and escape the fire.
  • Smoke alarms provide more safety if they are interconnected throughout the entire home, on all floors.
  • Smoke alarms should be kept at least 10 feet away from the stove or oven.
  • Smoke alarms should be tested every month (by pushing the test button) and replaced every 10 years.
  • Alkaline batteries should be replaced at least once a year.
  • There are two types of smoke alarms (both kinds should be used in homes):
    • Ionization smoke alarms warn about flaming fires more quickly.
    • Photoelectric smoke alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires.
  • There are also smoke alarms designed for people with hearing impairments. These alarms have a strobe light and/or a vibrating pad.

Although smoke alarms help increase your safety by making you aware of a home fire, they don’t provide sufficient protection against house fires. Install a fire sprinkler system to greatly reduce the chances of a fire spreading in your home. For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact your local PuroClean office.

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