House Fire Safety: Hear the Beep Where You Sleep
Learn what you need to know about one of the most effective ways to protect your family in the event of a flare-up
You practice your home fire escape plan with your family at least twice a year. You check the fire extinguishers in your house every month. And you’re careful with space heaters, your chimney and other fire hazards in your home.
But the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) wants to know: Would you hear the beep when you sleep?
Because most house fires flame up in the dead of night, there should be a smoke alarm in each bedroom, on each floor where family members sleep and in the basement, the NFPA reminds us during Fire Prevention Week.
Installing and using home smoke alarms properly can be a matter of life and death. According to the most recent statistics from NFPA, there are nearly 400,000 home fires each year, resulting in more than 2,700 deaths and over 12,000 injuries. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire in half, according to NFPA.
Once you've used the infographic below to make sure you have enough smoke alarms in your house and they're located in the most important places, take Safebee's quiz to test your home first safety smarts.