...that every 20 seconds in the United States a fire department responds to a fire? And that 65% of home reported fire deaths between 2000 and 2004 resulted in homes with NO smoke alarms or NO WORKING smoke alarms??
In 22% of the home fire deaths smoke alarms were installed but did not go off!!
The 2 leading causes of smoke alarm failure:
Disconnected or missing batteries
A Few Safety Tips:
It is recommended that smoke alarms be checked once a month and batteries be replaced once a year or as soon as the warning alarm goes off.
Never install old or used batteries in a smoke detector.
Don't disable smoke alarms.
Always keep your smoke alarm clean. (follow manufacturer instructions)
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Have your family come up with a "Fire Drill" so that everyone knows what to do in case of a fire!!
Source: National Fire Protection Association
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