Smoke alarms’ life-saving power reinforced through real-life news stories

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on Apr 30, 2014

As part of NFPA’s communications team, it’s my job to stay on top of fire safety news and issues. Just about every day as I read through my Google Alerts, I come upon at least one news story that underscores smoke alarms’ life-saving power.

Here are three that were reported in the past week:

  • A man who’d replaced the batteries in his home’s smoke alarms just days earlier safely escaped a fire in his Hazel, KY, home while taking a late afternoon nap.  “I had been in a dead sleep downstairs; I wasn’t going to hear anything. Then those things went off.” According to the local paper, the working smoke alarms likely prevented a tragedy.
  • In South Bend, IN, a couple escaped a home fire with their small child and dog after their smoke alarms sounded at about 11:30pm; the local ABC news affiliate aired the story, “Working smoke alarms save family from fire”. 
  • "Smoke alarm helped limit damage" was the news headline about a home fire in Wiltshire, England, that occurred in the early hours of the morning. Although no one was in the home at the time, a neighbor heard the smoke alarms and contacted the fire department, who rescued a pet rabbit from the ground floor and promptly brought the fire under control.

These are just a few real-life stories that reinforce the real power of working smoke alarms. Take a look at our smoke alarms safety tips for more information on proper installation, testing and maintenance.