A hard-hitting TV campaign warning people of the lethal dangers they face from fire without a working smoke alarm
fitted in the home was launched yesterday.
There were several promotions, including a manufacturer's $2 rebate on the First Alert Long Life Lithium smoke alarm
and a two-for-one promotion on the General Use Smoke Alarm
6% of households in the United States reported having at least one smoke alarm
Since the sensitivity of beam detectors is proportional to the distance between the source and the photo detector, it is difficult to fit a useable beam inside a single smoke alarm
for residential use.
WASHINGTON -- The International Association of Fire Fighters urges households to change more than just smoke alarm
batteries when Daylight Saving Time begins on March 13.
In fires considered large enough to activate a smoke alarm
, hard-wired alarms operated 91 percent of the time; battery-powered smoke alarms
operated 75 percent of the time.
Statistically people are four times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm
and over the next 10 years it is estimated that the new laws will result in 231 fewer deaths and 5,860 less injuries.
They will discuss fire safety, check to make sure a household has a fire evacuation plan, and provide a free resource guide, whether a smoke alarm
is needed or not.
A smoke alarm
can give someone the vital extra seconds they need to escape in a fire.
The figures have appalled senior fire officers within West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service who discovered 80,000 homes in West Yorkshire visited by firefighters had no working smoke alarm
Nearly 70% of people who died in fires in the home last year in England were not alerted by a smoke alarm
Les Jones, Cleveland Fire Brigade's head of community safety, said: "Tick, Tock, Test is straight-talking, easy to remember and intrinsically links clock change weekend to testing your smoke alarm