Thursday, March 5, 2009

Daylight Savings is a great time to check your smoke alarms.

Tacoma Fire Department would like to remind you that when you move your clock foward this weekend, please also take the time to make sure your smoke alarms are working properely.

Fire Facts:

Ninety-six percent of all homes have at least one smoke alarm. Overall, three-quarters of all U.S. homes have at least one working smoke alarm.

Sixty-five percent of reported home fire deaths in 2000-2004 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

No smoke alarms were present in 43% of the home fire deaths.
In 22% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

The death rate per 100 reported fires is twice as high in homes without working smoke alarms as homes with working smoke alarms.

An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms!
Source: NFPA

For more infomation on smoke alarms visit the United State Fire Administration or National Fire Protection Association.