NFPA launches smoke alarm awareness campaign

Published on January 15, 2010
Resource tool kit aimed at reducing home fire deaths

January 15, 2010 - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released new materials to help communities raise awareness about the life-saving benefits of smoke alarms. Keeping Your Community Safe and Sound is a free collection of educational resources that make up an online tool kit to be used by local fire departments and others interested in raising community awareness about the need for smoke alarms, and providing valuable information about them.

“The importance of having smoke alarms in the home is often overlooked even though the benefits of having them are often life saving,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of communications. “The death rate in reported home fires without working smoke alarms is twice as high as homes with working smoke alarms. It is critical that people understand the need to install them and how to maintain them to better protect themselves.”

According to the NFPA report on smoke alarms, 40 percent of home fire deaths resulted from fires with no smoke alarms in the home. Twenty-three percent of home fire deaths resulted from homes where a smoke alarm was present, but did not sound. In over half of these cases, the alarm did not sound because of disconnected or missing batteries. Having a working smoke alarm reduces the risk of death in a home fire by nearly 50 percent.

The resource tool kit materials are available for fire departments, public educators, or the general public and can be found online for no cost at www.nfpa.org/safeandsound. Printable materials include:  facts and figures on smoke alarms, handouts, public service print ads, videos on the basics of smoke alarms and safety tips, and other tools for communication.

In addition to being a source for public education materials on smoke alarm awareness and research findings on home fire deaths involving smoke alarms, NFPA is committed to smoke alarm awareness as the developer and publisher of NFPA 72:  National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.

Keeping Your Community Safe and Sound is one of seven free educational toolkits available from NFPA. Others include Keeping Your Community Safe with Home Fire Sprinklers, Keeping Your Community Safe and Energized, Keeping Your Community Cooking Safely, Keeping Your Community Safe and Warm, More Ways to Keep Your Community Safe and Warm, and Preparing Your Community for a Disaster.

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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Contact: Lorraine Carli, Public Affairs Office: +1 617 984-7275