In the new NFPA Journal: "Outreach" looks at our progress with smoke alarms—and how far we have to go

Blog Post created by scottsutherland Employee on May 14, 2014

Outreach art for blogSince the 1970s, the number of fire deaths in homes has fallen from roughly 6,000 annually to its current level of just under 2,500. That’s the good news.

Less encouraging is the number of fire deaths we continue to see in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

That's the problem addressed by Lorraine Carli, vice-president of Advocacy and Outreach at NFPA, in "Cool Factor," the "Outreach" column in the new May/June issue of NFPA Journal. 

Among her solutions: increasing the number of working, listed smoke alarms in homes. "The sharp reduction in home fire deaths means that most people do not think they will suffer a home fire, much less lose a loved one to a fire," Carli writes. "But they still happen, and there are still too many people dying in home fires."