Remember when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time, take a minute to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Also, don't forget to regularly test the smoke detectors in your home.
- Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. About one in five smoke alarm failures was due to dead batteries.
- Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
- In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 91% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 75% of the time.
- One home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds in 2009.
- On average, seven people died in home fires every day. Adults 65 and over face the highest risk of fire death.
- In 2009, U.S. fire departments responded to 362,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 12,650 civilian injuries, 2,565 civilian deaths, $7.6 billion in direct damage.
For more fire prevention and other safety tips, check out these sites:
National Fire Prevention Association
United States Fire Administration
Home Safety Council