When fire strikes you may have less than one minute to safely get out of the building. Having working smoke alarms in your home can double your chances of survival if a fire occurs. Home fire deaths have been cut in half since the early 1970’s when smoke alarms were first marketed. Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years.
- Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
- More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
- The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
When the alarm sounds: Leave the building. Get out, Stay out! Go to the family meeting place. Call 9-1-1 from a cell phone or neighbor’s home.
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