In support of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Don't Wait - Check the Date: Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years," we've released findings from a national survey we conducted earlier this year, showing that many people have smoke alarms in their homes that are 10 years old or older. The survey also revealed that most people (90 percent) don't know how often smoke alarms need to be replaced.
These findings underscore the fact that Americans continue to have a lack of awareness around smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. Survey results included the following findings:
- Half of Americans (50 percent) have three or more smoke alarms in their current home.
- Almost one in five Americans who have smoke alarms (19 percent) say the oldest smoke alarm they currently have in their home is 10+ years old.
- Nearly one in five Americans who have smoke alarms (18 percent) are not at all sure how old the oldest smoke alarm they currently have in their home is
- When asked how often they should replace smoke alarms, nine in 10 Americans (90 percent) did not select the correct answer, which is once every 10 years.
For a wealth of additional information and resources on smoke alarms and this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 9-15, visit www.fpw.org.