As part of NFPA’s communications team, it’s my job to stay on top of fire safety news and issues. Just about every day as I read through my Google Alerts, I come upon at least one news story that underscores smoke alarms’ life-saving power.
Here are three that were reported in the past week:
- A man who’d replaced the batteries in his home’s smoke alarms just days earlier safely escaped a fire in his Hazel, KY, home while taking a late afternoon nap. “I had been in a dead sleep downstairs; I wasn’t going to hear anything. Then those things went off.” According to the local paper, the working smoke alarms likely prevented a tragedy.
- In South Bend, IN, a couple escaped a home fire with their small child and dog after their smoke alarms sounded at about 11:30pm; the local ABC news affiliate aired the story, “Working smoke alarms save family from fire”.
- "Smoke alarm helped limit damage" was the news headline about a home fire in Wiltshire, England, that occurred in the early hours of the morning. Although no one was in the home at the time, a neighbor heard the smoke alarms and contacted the fire department, who rescued a pet rabbit from the ground floor and promptly brought the fire under control.
These are just a few real-life stories that reinforce the real power of working smoke alarms. Take a look at our smoke alarms safety tips for more information on proper installation, testing and maintenance.