Dynamic duo: Smoke alarms and residential sprinklers credited for saving a teen's life

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jul 8, 2014

Smoke alarmsAn idyllic lakefront community was startled from slumber recently when an early-morning house fire occurred as the home's occupant was out for a stroll.

The fire began before 8 a.m. on June 23 as the resident's teenaged daughter was sleeping inside the waterfront home, which is located in the French Creek Harbour area of British Columbia. Fortunately, a smoke alarm awoke the teen, and she escaped the house without harm. Furthermore, the home's sprinkler system helped douse the fire, which was initiated by a faulty water heater, according to a report by the Oceanside Star.

Made evident by this incident, smoke alarms are an important, life-safety tool that alert residents to impending danger. The devices, however, cannot extinguish a fire. When home fire sprinklers work in conjunction with smoke alarms during fires, homeowners have a much greater chance of surviving such incidents. In fact, sprinklers can reduce civilian fire deaths by 80 percent.

Get all the facts on sprinklers by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative website.