The occurrence of fires at home has been steadily dropping for over 50 years thanks to safe construction practices and fire safety education. You might be surprised to hear that in recent years the occurrence of deaths from structure fires is on the rise. While this is largely due to the highly flammable nature of home furnishings, there is an alarming coincidence of missing or non-functioning smoke detectors in a large percentage of these deaths.
Smoke detectors are your first line of defence, alerting you to the necessity to get out of your house as fast as you can. Fire’s today start easily and increase in intensity very quickly and the smoke from modern furnishings and composite wood materials is highly toxic. You may have as little as five minutes to get out of your house from the time a fire starts, if your smoke detector is not working or installed properly you may not get the chance to leave.
Check this information poster from the National Fire Protection Association for basic information about placement and maintenance for smoke detectors in your home.