In the United States, 80% of all civilian fire deaths result from home structure fires. Most of these fires occur at night when people are sleeping. Smoke alarms double your chances of surviving a fire and a working smoke alarm could have saved these lives. People often assume the most fire deaths are due to flames. In fact, most fire deaths are caused by the inhalation of smoke and poisonous gases.
Smoke alarms are one of the best and easiest safety features you can use to alert you and your family if there is a fire in your home. Fire-rescue personnel want you to "Put A Finger On It!" and follow the safety tips below. If you need a battery-powered smoke alarm, they are available for free by calling 703-737-8600.
When you change your clock, change your smoke alarm batteries!