Susan McKelvey

Among four early morning fires, working smoke alarms save multiple lives

Blog Post created by Susan McKelvey Employee on May 7, 2014

In less than one week, four early morning home fires occurred between 2:00 and 5:45 a.m., causing significant damage to two homes in Massachusetts and one in Michigan, and limited damage to a home in Brantford, Ontario. In each incident, working smoke alarms awoke the occupants to fire and enabled them to escape safely.

NFPA's home fire statistics show that half of all home fire deaths occur between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. These four stories underscore the life-saving value of smoke alarms when people are sleeping.

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