You’ve seen smoke alarms located on ceilings in homes and businesses.
You know they’re important, but do you know how important they actually
are? According to the
U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), “Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in
properties without working smoke alarms.”
The USFA goes on to explain how the risk of dying in a residential fire
is cut in half in homes that have smoke alarms that are working. Lastly,
over 38% of home fire deaths occur in residential fires where there weren’t
any smoke alarms in the homes. Here’s what all homeowners and renters
need to know according to the USFA:
- Every bedroom in the house should have a working smoke alarm!
- Half of the deaths from home fires occur between the hours of 11 pm and
7 am, when people are sleeping.
- Smoke alarms need to be replaced when they’re 10-years-old, or when
they don’t make a sound when tested.
- Children and older adults may need someone to wake them up if a smoke alarm
goes off. Be sure to have someone to wake them if a smoke alarm goes off.
- If there’s a fire in your home, go outside. Call the fire department
from your cellphone or a neighbor’s phone. Do NOT go back inside
until the fire department says it’s safe to do so.
It’s critical that you have enough smoke alarms, whether you have
a home or a home
and business. According to fire research, today’s modern furnishings
tend to cause fires to spread more rapidly than in the past when furniture
was manufactured with natural materials. Because of this concern, there
must be adequate smoke alarms throughout a home or business so people
have enough escape time in the event of a fire.
To learn more about smoke alarms from the National Fire Protection Association,
click here. To have an Atlanta electrical contractor from Lightning Bug Electric install
smoke alarms in your
contact us today!
Preventing Electrical Fires