Fire spreads faster than ever through homes today, meaning you have less time to escape in the event of a fire. With only three minutes or less to escape, smoke alarms give you and your loved ones the earliest warning possible that there is a fire, so you can get out of your home quickly and safely.
It's important to have working smoke alarms installed on every floor of your home, including inside and outside every sleeping area. When replacing or buying new smoke alarms, look for products that are third-party listed or certified.
New editions of UL safety standards for smoke alarms and smoke detectors have performance-based technology requirements, enabling products to better distinguish between cooking smoke and that of a potentially life-threatening fire. These enhancements help minimize cooking nuisance alarms, the top reason why people disable their devices.
Fire safety experts share how closed doors and new smoke alarm technologies help keep people safe.
Meet Billy and his Smoke Alarm. Unlike Billy’s cooking, his Smoke Alarm has improved over the years. With new technology, the Smoke Alarm can now better distinguish between smoke from cooking and smoke from a real, potentially life-threatening fire.
Meet Bob and his Smoke Alarm. Bob can sleep tight knowing that his Smoke Alarm is on alert for smoke and flames from fire, no matter the hour.
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Checking your smoke alarms, having an exit plan, and closing your bedroom door each night are all important fire prevention methods. Watch this chilling, real-life example from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department regarding how closing your door can save lives.
When Rebekah Brewster Johnson headed to bed the evening of May 5, 2002, she was unaware that within hours she'd be fighting for her life.
Ever wonder what all those different beeping sounds coming from your smoke alarm mean?