Did you know that nearly 4,000 Americans die each year in house fires and over 2,000 are severely injured? Having a working smoke detector more than doubles one’s chances of surviving a fire.
The most vulnerable people in fires are the elderly and young. That is why it is so important to teach your children fire safety by creating evacuation plans in the event a fire should occur. They should learn how to exit safely in the event of a fire and basic movements, i.e. stay low, stop drop and roll, etc.
Fire produces gases and fumes that can make you sleepy, weak, and confused. You may not smell these fumes and they won’t wake you, but a smoke alarm will. That is why it is so important to have smoke detectors that work within your home, ideally just outside areas where you sleep. Following a few basic precautions and having a plan may save your life. Be safe!