The Boulder County Sheriff’s office in Colorado is crediting “Sam,” a 14-year-old dachshund, with saving a family from what could have been a tragedy. Problems started for the family on a recent evening when the power shut off in the home and wouldn’t reset at the breaker box. The family was unable to reach an electrician. According to The Denver Channel, after the family went to sleep later that night, Sam began barking to get their attention. Upon waking, the owners of the home realized smoke was coming from somewhere inside the house as well as “significant heat” in the ceiling, according to the sheriff’s office. The family called 911 and got out of the home uninjured. While the home did sustain some damage, it will be repairable, the sheriff’s office said. The home had no working smoke alarms, so if it were not for Sam, “the fire might not have been detected until it was too late,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home. NFPA’s smoke alarm safety tip sheet and smoke alarm page have recommendations regarding smoke alarms.