Between two Wednesday morning fires, smoke alarms save four lives

Blog Post created by susanmckelvey Employee on Jun 20, 2014

Two early morning fires that occurred this Wednesday underscore the life-saving impact of working smoke alarms, particularly when people are sleeping:

A man in Jacksonville, FL, escaped a massive fire in his home when he heard his smoke alarms sound.bowden

“If the smoke detector hadn’t woke me up, I might not have made it out,” said homeowner Robert Koon. Koon's brother, who was sleeping when the alarms sounded, also escaped safely.

Similarly, in Pueblo, CO, a mother and daughter escaped a home fire when the smoke alarms sounded and woke them up as well.Photo

These incidents represent two more powerful reminders why it's so important to test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries each year.

Check out NFPA’s Smoke Alarm Central page for a wealth of information on smoke alarms, including guidelines for installing and maintaining them properly.