A new study is shedding light on a lack of response to smoke alarms by children. Underscored during a recent segment on "Good Morning America," the study by U.K. researchers confirms that children have difficulty waking up to the sound of a smoke alarm. In fact, more than 80 percent of the children (ages 2 to 13) studied slept through the sound.
This point was exemplified in the segment. Cameras were placed in a Connecticut home and parents watched as smoke alarms sounded in the hallway outside the bedrooms of their children, one and three years old. Both did not awake. The children stayed asleep when the alarms sounded in their own bedrooms. "I truly thought they were going to wake up, like truly," Lauren McBride, the mother, told "Good Morning America." "I don't really know what to think right now."
Research confirms that smoke alarms are still vital components to life safety at home. According to NFPA, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires where there were no smoke alarms. Moreover, the death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms.
However, according to NFPA research, there is an increase in fire fatalities in one- and two-family homes where a working and operable smoke alarm was present. The data underscores the point that smoke alarms only go so far in protecting the public from home fires. Only the combination of early-warning detection (smoke alarms) and suppression (home fire sprinklers) can significantly cut the risk of dying in home fires.
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