#TBT From The NFPA Archives: 1977 Smoke Alarm Save

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Dec 20, 2018


From Fire Journalv. 72, no. 3 (May 1978): 

Early in the morning on December 21st, a family in Wakefield, MA was saved by an uninstalled smoke alarm.

“The father of the family of four bought a battery-operated smoke detector. Intending to install it the next day, he left it in its box on a chair overnight.
At 12:30AM the next morning, he was awakened by the detector’s alarm. Investigating, he went downstairs and found flames in the partition behind a wood-burning stove in the kitchen. He awoke his wife and two children. All four escaped safely.”
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