No working smoke alarms at Texas fire where nine escaped through heavy fire

Blog Post created by lisabraxton Employee on Jan 9, 2017

A family of nine in Montgomery County, Texas, and their two dogs are safe today after a fire at their home overnight. According to KHOU-TV, five adults and four children under the age of five escaped, along with two dogs.

According to a resident, about an hour before the fire, he smelled smoke and found a breaker extremely hot. He removed Illustration of Sparky installing smoke alarm in the ceilingthe breaker and after about 30 minutes, the smoke smell dissipated. Later, a roommate kicked in his bedroom door and told him the house was on fire. Then the resident went to his son’s room where there was heavy fire on the dresser around a television. He was able to get his children and his sister’s children out. There were no working smoke alarms in the home.

NFPA’s community toolkits provide public educators with the materials they need to educate their communities about fire safety. The toolkit on smoke alarms includes everything needed to motivate residents to install and maintain smoke alarms in the home. The electrical safety toolkit includes materials for teaching residents about electrical safety in the home.