A recent tragedy in Queens could have possibly been avoided had the occupants had a working smoke detector. The residents had an alarm, however the batteries were not installed rendering it useless.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Even though 97 percent of homes have smoke alarms, more than 33 percent of them do not work because they have a missing or dead battery.
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.
So PLEASE, take a few seconds to test your smoke alarms NOW. Don’t put it off for another day – these few seconds could save lives!!!
If you do not have one, get one – for the price of a few cups of coffee, the life you save may be your own.