We’ve all cursed them, those dreaded low-battery beeps in the middle of the night. But, what came next? Did we replace the battery or just rip it out and go back to sleep. Then what? Did we remember a day or two later to replace the battery or did we forget about it until a smoky kitchen reminded us of our folly?
Well, NFPA has a new report out that provides some sobering information to consider. The report focuses mainly on smoke alarm presence and performance in home fires reported to local fire departments across the U.S. Additional topics include the benefits of working smoke alarms, reasons why smoke alarms fail to operate, smoke alarm performance by power source, the difference in smoke alarm performance in one- or two-family homes vs. apartments, and characteristics of fatal home fire victims with and without working smoke alarms.
Some report highlights include:
The report can be found at the NFPA website.