The following is a press release from the Hattiesburg Fire Department:
Every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires. Over half of these deaths 52 percent occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., when residents are typically sleeping.
Smoke and toxic gases from a home fire are as deadly as heat and flames. Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious. In addition, smoke obscures vision, decreasing your ability to escape.
Smoke alarms save lives, prevent injuries, and minimize property damage by detecting fires early and alerting residents, allowing crucial time to escape. The risk of dying from a fire in a home without working smoke alarms is twice as high as in a home with working smoke alarms.
To find out what type of smoke alarms are available for your home, including where to install and how to maintain them, contact your local fire department or visit Focus on Fire Safety: Smoke Alarms on the U.S. Fire Administration's website.