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New Report: 3 in 5 Fire Deaths Have No Working Smoke Alarm

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According to a new report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly three in five home fire deaths happened in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Experts say modern construction and furnishings in homes now burn faster and hotter.

They say you could have as little as two minutes to escape a fire in your home.

The report further stated that the risk of dying in reported home structure fires is 54 percent lower in homes with working smoke alarms than in homes with no alarms or none that worked.

NFPA provides several smoke alarm safety tips:

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.

  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.

  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.

  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.

  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.

  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.

  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.



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