Fire-related injuries are the third leading cause of death in the western world today. The vast majority of those injuries occur at home. So if we do a better job of protecting our families from fire and smoke at home, we can help save a lot of lives and injuries.
Sleeping people can’t smell smoke
A fact many people do not realise is that we lose our sense of smell while sleeping. This underlines the importance of installing smoke alarms in all bedrooms of the home. Many avoidable deaths have occurred when smoke alarms have been inactive with dead/missing batteries or not installed in sleeping areas. Smoke inhalation is the main killer in house fires.
Where should we put them?
Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, hallway and living room on every house level. Do not install in bathrooms, kitchens, attics or uninsulated garages.