Smoke Detector Importance
You might notice a general theme running through many of my articles in regard to the installation and maintenance of smoke detectors. That's because a $15 smoke detector can save your life. We have documented proof of a smoke detector still in the store box activating during a home fire, thus enabling a family of five to escape before the home was completely destroyed.
Our firefighters field many questions regarding the installation and maintenance of residential smoke detectors. We appreciate citizen interest on the issue because, based on national fire reporting statistics, residential smoke detectors (when properly installed and maintained) will probably save your life in the event of a fire in your home.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report, homes with smoke detectors typically have a death rate that is 40% to 50% less than the rate for homes without alarms. In the United States, roughly 70% of home fire deaths occur in homes that have no smoke detectors, or within dwellings that have smoke detector units that are improperly installed or not maintained.