National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) just concluded another successful Fire Prevention Week, which aims
to increase public awareness about fire safety among homeowners.
This year’s theme was “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!
Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” Advice included in this theme
was directed to American residents to keep their smoke alarms up to date
with regular dust clearing and battery changing. To raise awareness, the
NFPA has shared some facts about the importance of smoke alarms:
- In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired
alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated
80% of the time.
- Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
- Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in
homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are
missing, disconnected, or dead.
- An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires
and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering
fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken
or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and
photoelectric alarms are recommended.
Keeping smoke alarms in good order is a simple thing that goes a long way
in ensuring your home is prepared in the case of an accidental fire.
If you are unsure whether your house is as prepared as it could be, the
DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (F&EMS) Department's Firefighting
Division offers free home inspections. They will look for overloaded outlets,
working smoke detectors, unobstructed exit routes from your home, and
good visibility from the street. All are important factors in a home's
preparedness in case of a fire. If you are interested in booking an appointment,
please call (202) 673-3331. The District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department
also offers a variety of resources for parents, teachers, and students on their
If somebody you love suffered an injury in a fire, or you got hurt and
you believe that someone’s negligence, carelessness or wrongdoing
somehow contributed to the accident, call the Washington, DC personal
injury lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC for a
free and confidential consultation.