Fire Safety for Kids and Families
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Both the USFA and the NFPA strongly urge people to install smoke alarms on all levels of their homes. The NFPA estimates that 94 percent of homes in the United States have at least one smoke alarm, and these homes typically have a death rate that is 40 to 50 percent lower than the rate for homes without alarms.
Smoke alarms must be kept in good working condition if they’re going to be effective. Parents should test smoke alarms monthly, making sure children recognize the sound of an alarm and know what to do if they hear that signal. It is vital that households replace alarm batteries at least once a year—many fire safety organizations encourage scheduled battery replacements for the same day you change your clock from daylight to standard time in the fall. It’s also important to replace smoke alarms every 10 years and practice proper smoke alarm maintenance.
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