Did You Know...
- Working smoke alarms decrease the chances of dying in a home fire by 50%.
- In today’s fires, families have an average of 2 minutes to get out of their homes once the smoke alarm sounds.
- 120 fire deaths occurred across North Carolina in 2020, and in many of those homes did not have working smoke alarms.
- 3 out of every 5 home fire deaths across the nation result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Dead batteries cause 25% of the smoke alarm failures; hardwired power source problems cause 7% of the failures.
Top Safety Tips
- Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home outside sleeping areas. If bedroom doors are kept shut, place a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
- Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it.
- Prepare and practice an escape plan – know at least two ways to get out of a room, crawl low under smoke and plan where to meet outside.
- Keep smoke alarms clean by regularly vacuuming over and around it. Dust and debris can interfere with the smoke alarms operation.
- Install smoke alarms away from windows, doors, or ducts that can interfere with proper operation.
- Never remove the battery from or disable a smoke alarm. If your smoke alarm is sounding “nuisance alarms,” try moving it away from kitchens or bathrooms.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
This page was last modified on 11/29/2021