Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a reported fire in half.

2015 October 1
by Judy

Summer is almost officially over, kids are now back in school and the hint of fall is in the air. Along with Fall clean-up and the usual yard work, there is one more important duty we sometimes overlook while busy with other activities. Ironically, it is the most important thing we can do to protect our homes and loved ones and that is having our smoke alarms checked by a qualified electrician.  However busy our schedules are, safety should always be a high priority.   We’ve provided a few interesting facts and statistics to think about….

  • Each year, nearly 3,000 people die in U.S. home fires.
  • Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from home fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in 40% of the home fire deaths.
  • In 23% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
  • In more than half of the reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate even though the fire was large enough, batteries were missing or disconnected. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected alarms.
  • More than half of the smoke alarms found in reported fires and two-thirds of the alarms found in homes with fire deaths were powered by battery only.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate a smoke alarm, hard-wired alarms operated 91% of the time; battery-powered smoke alarms operated 75% of the time.
  • Interconnected smoke alarms on all floors increase safety.
  • In a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) survey of households with any fires, interconnected smoke alarms were more likely to operate and alert occupants to a fire. (This includes fires in which the fire department was not called.

How they Occur

  • Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and injuries.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths.
  • Heating is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths and fire injuries.
  • Electrical failures or malfunctions are factors in roughly 50,000 reported fires each year.
  • Roughly 30, 000 intentionally set home structure fires are reported each year.
  • 83% of all fire deaths and 79% of fire injuries resulted from home fires.

We’d suggest everyone to have their smoke detectors and wiring checked whether it is will us or another company.  At Greeder Mondor Electric, we’ve been keeping families safe in the Stillwater, MN area for over 40 years. Please fee free to call us any time with questions.  We are here for you.

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