Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms, according to a newly released report, “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires.” The report examines the number of reported fires in U.S. households with and without working smoke alarms, as well as the effectiveness of smoke alarms in preventing fire-related deaths.
Working smoke alarms in homes are key to saving lives from fire since you may have as little as three minutes to get out before a fire becomes deadly. The early warning provided by smoke alarms gives you critical time to escape safely. Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.