Fast Facts About Fire
- Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen
- Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2011, 12 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 67 deaths
- Almost two-thirds (62%) of reported home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms
- Electrical failure or malfunctions cause an average of almost 50,000 home fires per year, resulting in roughly 450 deaths and $1.5 billion in direct property damage
Courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association
To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they are running low.
Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2016 NFPA
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