When is the last time you tested your smoke alarm? Did you know that many people don’t test their smoke alarms as often as they should? National fire prevention week is October 5-11. So we want to ensure you have all the info to operate and keep your home safe.
Here are the top reasons to have an operating smoke alarm:
- Almost three of five (60%) of reported home fire deaths in 2007 to 2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
- In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 93% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 79% of the time.
- When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
- An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed, to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.
For more helpful tips and a quiz to learn all about smoke alarm safety, click here.