A smoke alarm creates awareness!
Smoke alarms alert you of an unwanted fire, which makes you aware of the fire in the first place. This helps give you and everyone else in the commercial or residential location the chance to put out the fire if it’s manageable, or time to escape.
- Here are some smoke alarm facts everyone should know about:
- Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
- In the U.S. three out of five residential fire deaths occurred in homes without a smoke alarm or with a non-working smoke alarm.
- You should test your smoke alarm at least once a month to ensure it is working. Just press the “test” button on your smoke alarm, and you are good to go.
- Closed doors can slow down smoke from spreading but not the fire, which is why it is important for you to have a smoke alarm installed in each room.
- Large locations – commercial or residential – require additional smoke alarms.
- Nearly one-quarter of smoke alarm failures are a result of dead batteries.
- Replace any batteries in a smoke alarm as needed and indicated by your monthly smoke alarm test.
- When you hear a smoke alarm, it is important for you to make sure you and everyone else is safe and can go outside for safety.
- Most importantly, smoke alarms save lives!
Smoke alarms save lives, which is why you need one in each room and remember to have an escape plan in the event of an unwanted fire. Make sure to alert others of the fire in the event that they are unable to hear the smoke alarm. Ask everyone if they are alright and guide them outside.