Smoke Alarm Detectors
Save Lives with Smoke Detectors in your Home!
There are half as many deaths in fires where a working smoke detector is installed. US Statistics from the period 2007 – 2011 indicate 1.18 deaths in fires without working smoke detector and 0.53 deaths where an installed smoke detector operated properly.
In Ontario, the number of deaths from fires dropped from 30.9 per million population in 1980, shortly after smoke alarms were mandated by law (1975) to 4.4 per million in 2012, a drop of over 85%. There were 59 deaths from fire in 2012. Economic loss is much reduced with a smoke detector, which allows a person to call for help long before the fire has spread.
Smoke alarms can warn you of danger only if they work! Safety authorities advise testing smoke alarms monthly and replacing batteries at least once a year.
You should also replace smoke alarms after 10 years.