According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost all households in the U.S. have at least one smoke alarm. Yet in 2003-2006, smoke alarms were present in only two-thirds (69%) of all reported home fires and operated in just under half (47%) of the reported home fires. Forty percent of all home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, while 23% resulted from homes in which smoke alarms were present but did not operate. The death rate per 100 reported fires was twice as high in homes without a working smoke alarm as it was in home fires with this protection.
For more information regarding smoke detectors or how to obtain them, contact Fire Marshal Kevin Vogelpohl