Why Smoke Detectors Are So Important
JUST THE FACTS: Smoke Alarms
It is so important that you check your smoke alarms.According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year.
Smoke detectors also lose their efficiency after 10 years so make sure to stay on top of replacing all your smoke detectors as well.
- Three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or when the alarms are not working.
- Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
- More than one-third (37 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.