When you "Spring Forward" this weekend.....don't forget to change your smoke alarm batteries! Did you know:
- Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
- The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
- In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
- Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.
When fire strikes you only have two minutes to get out of your home.....working smoke alarms will alert you to the danger so you and your family can escape safely. For more information about smoke alarms, click here.