How is it possible, in this day and age, that people still lose their lives in a home fire when no working smoke alarms were present?
Below is a summary of the NFPA report from 2015 on this topic!
Report: NFPA's "Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires" (PDF, 1 MB)
This report focuses chiefly on smoke alarm presence and performance in home fires reported to local fire departments in the U.S. Additional topics include the benefits of working smoke alarms, reasons why smoke alarms fail to operate, smoke alarm performance by power source, the difference in smoke alarm performance in one- or two-family homes vs. apartments, and characteristics of fatal home fire victims with and without working smoke alarms. The literature on smoke alarm audibility and waking effectiveness is also discussed. Fire death rates with various combinations of smoke alarms and automatic extinguishing systems are also presented.
1Homes include one- or two-family homes and apartments or other multi-family housing.
I can't count how many homes I've inspected that have no smoke alarms! This is a risk to every occupants' safety!
Check your smoke alarms! Do they work properly? Do they have new batteries? Are they less than 5 years old? Are smoke alarms present in every sleeping area and hallway at a minimum? Are the smoke alarms installed per manufacturer instructions?