More Proof You Need Smoke Alarms
In our article entitled You Should Be Alarmed we described the various types of alarms and why you should have them. We strongly recommend that you check this out.
The National Fire Protection Association which is the authority on all things fire related recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. So that means a 1 story, 3 bedroom house needs a minimum of four smoke alarms.
In today’s post we will relate to you more dramatic evidence of the effectiveness of fire/smoke alarms and a story from Australia that endorses a certain type of smoke alarm called the photoelectric alarm. See how these work at the end of this article.
In Atlantic City, New Jersey working smoke detectors were credited for saving lives recently.
Firefighters there were called to a fire that broke out on the first floor of a multi-use building. Residents on the third and fourth floor where there are apartments escaped to safety thanks to working smoke detectors. It could’ve ended up a lot differently because flammable liquids and other materials, including tires, were within seconds of igniting.
In Galena Park, Texas an early morning fire broke out while residents were sleeping. By the time the residents figured out what was going on, the fire had spread so quickly that one home owner didn’t even think about putting it out, just getting everybody out of the home. The fire was so intense that it spread to two neighboring homes. There is no doubt in their minds that the fire alarm/smoke detector saved their lives.
Several people were in two homes that had significant damage from fires. The fire chief credited working smoke alarms as the reason no lives were lost or injuries reported.
In Tampa Bay, Florida a grandmother and two of her grandsons were killed in a fire. The tragedy could’ve been avoided but the home had no working smoke detectors. This tragedy prompted the fire department to go door to door performing fire safety inspections and installing smoke detectors in homes that did not have them. They installed 171 smoke detectors in 61 homes.
Recently a family who lives in Bluffton, South Carolina was not even aware of flames burning in their kitchen until their smoke detector alerted them. The fire flames were not visible from the outside of the house but smoke and soot remain in their kitchen.
In Tullahoma, Tennessee the fire department there is joining forces with a statewide smoke alarm initiative called “Get Alarmed Tennessee.” The goal of the state fire marshal’s office is to get 100 smoke alarms installed during the program. Many of them are done at no cost to the homeowners. But it is far more than just a free smoke alarm. When the installers are at the house they provide fire safety tips to residents and encourage them to create a home fire escape plan. Since the program has started 85,000 smoke alarms have been given to 434 Tennessee fire departments and then distributed statewide. The program is funded by federal grants.
In England new laws come into effect on 1 October making it mandatory for landlords to install fire alarms in all homes that they rent out. The alarms must be installed on every floor of the property along with carbon monoxide detectors.
In Queensland, Australia the local fire and emergency services official is asking the state government to make it mandatory to install photo electric smoke alarms in homes cut the number of deaths in house fires.
In our story on smoke detectors we provided valuable information and described the differences between the different types. For example “A photoelectric smoke alarm is generally considered to be more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering. They aim a light source into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. When smoke enters the chamber, it reflects the light onto the light sensor triggering the alarm.”
In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania residents can pick up free smoke detectors through a grant by the Wilkes-Barre city fire department. The fire department there reminded residents that working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a reported fire. Nearly 2/3 of all house fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. In a house fire smoke spreads quickly and smoke alarms will allow for time to get out thus saving lives. It is a well reported fact that many homes that have smoke alarms have failed to ensure that they are in working order or have dead batteries thus completely negating their effectiveness.
Our 3 in 1 Smoke Alarm by Universal detects fire, natural gas and carbon monoxide. It uses a 120 volt AC wired connection with a battery backup. The 85 dB alarm is loud enough to wake anyone from a sound sleep. Smart Alarm technology virtually eliminates all nuisance alarms-a sizable problem.
If you don’t have one of our many Smoke Alarms in your house, then we have failed in our mission to convince you of the importance of having one.
What has been your experience with smoke alarms and smoke detectors? How many do you have in your house? If you don’t have any, why not?