Did you know that almost two thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarm? It’s an alarming number considering you, as a homeowner and or renter have full control over smoke detectors being installed in your home. Having properly placed and properly installed smoke detectors greatly increases your chance of surviving a fire in your home.
Smoke detectors should be installed in all homes old and new, and should be done with the following guidelines in mind:
- One shall be in each bedroom or sleeping room.
- Another should be in a common area of each floor of the dwelling including basements or cellars.
- Smoke detectors are most effective installed in the middle of the ceiling but can be installed on the wall between 4 and 12 inches from the ceiling.
A Johns Hopkins University study found that 75% of residential fire deaths and 84% of residential fire injuries could have been prevented with smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are a key part of a home fire escape plan.