Over the past week, quite a few home fire success stories have been popping up in the news; in all of them, the entire family escaped safely due to working smoke alarms. Here are snapshots from a few of the headlines:
- In Covington, WA, a family of four safely escaped a fire in their home when the smoke alarms sounded, waking them up just before 2am. The owner reported that he had just changed the smoke alarm batteries.
- “Smoke detectors definitely saved them,” said John Treacy, deputy chief of Conneaut Lake Volunteer Fire Department, in response to a family that escaped their burning home in the Conneaut Lake, PA, area. The home and its contents were considered a total loss.
- At about 11pm in Wexham, England, smoke alarms alerted a family to fire in their home, which ultimately left the first floor uninhabitable. All four family members escaped unharmed.
- Fire destroyed a home in Green Bay, WI, but smoke detectors woke the couple who owned the home at 12:45am, enabling them to escape safely.
The common thread in all these stories remains the same: working smoke alarms alert people to fire and give them the time needed escape safely, particularly when they’re sleeping.
Test your smoke alarms today and remember to change the batteries once a year!