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Thanks to the sound of a working smoke alarm, 28-year-old Lori Rainwater and her three young children safely escaped a fire that completely destroyed the first floor of her home and much of the upstairs. Darlington

Ms. Rainwater had put her children to bed, lit a candle in her living room and went upstairs to take a bath, when the smoke alarm sounded soon after.

“Less than 10 minutes later the fire alarm went off – I couldn’t smell smoke and was totally oblivious but I ran downstairs and saw the couch in flames and the curtains ablaze,” said Ms. Rainwater.

Without even taking the time to put on shoes, she swiftly got her three children ages six, one and nine months out of the home, carrying the two youngest in her arms.

"All I could think about was getting out - I thought we have to get out now or we're not going to get out at all," said Ms. Rainwater.

“Get smoke alarms fitted and get them tested. Without them there’s no way we would have known there was a fire until it was too late,” she added.

Visit Smoke Alarm Central for more information on smoke alarm testing, installation and maintenance.

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