March 9, 2011

News | Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

More than 1.6 million fires are reported each year in the United States. It’s a sobering statistic, especially when you consider the more than 3,600 people who lose their lives in these fires.

Everyone knows smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, but many homeowners forget to ensure their alarms and detectors are in working order. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), no smoke alarms were present in the 42% of fatal residential structure fires. When smoke alarms were present (58% of fatal fires) only 37% of those alarms were reported to be working correctly.

Smoke detectors remain the cornerstone of fire safety in the home. To find out the latest information from the USFA, read the tips listed below. For more information, go to the USFA’s website at

Remember, smoke alarms are the only one tool at your disposal to help keep your family safe in case of a home fire. Every home and business should also have a fire escape plan to go along with its emergency preparedness plan.

USFA Smoke Alarm Tips

  • In standard battery-powered smoke alarms, the batteries need to be replaced at least once per year and the whole unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.
  • Since smoke and many deadly gases are on the rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation  instructions.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.
  • For extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside sleeping areas.
  • Contact your local fire department on a non-emergency phone number if you need help or have questions about fire safety in your home.

Information courtsey of USFA and Servpro