When smoke alarms sound, sometimes it’s neighbors who save the day

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on May 22, 2014

This past week, two fire incidents involved neighbors who took swift action upon hearing nearby smoke alarms.

A man who slept through the smoke alarms sounding in his Nelson, UK, home, was rescued by residents who rushed to his aid.

Meanwhile, neighbors who heard smoke alarms sounding in a flat in Poole, U.K., promptly contacted the local fire service. “On this occasion a neighbor was alerted by the sounding of the smoke alarm. This incident could have been much worse and is a reminder of the importance of having working smoke alarms,” said a spokesman for the fire service.

Both incidents involved unattended cooking fires.

Of course, being fully prepared for a fire in your own home is the best safety plan of all. NFPA offers a wealth of information on smoke alarms and home escape planning, which can make a life-saving difference in a home fire.