Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Electrical Eugene Oregon Safety

On average, 8 people die in a home fire each day in the U.S.—almost 3,000 people every year. While working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half, roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

  • Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Avoid locating alarms near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows, and ceiling fans.
  • For the best protection, smoke alarms should be interconnected, so that they all sound if one sounds. Manufacturers are now producing battery operated alarms that are interconnected through a wireless connection.
  • For the most comprehensive protection, consider combination smoke alarms that include both ionization and photoelectric alarms. An ionization alarm is more responsive to flames, while a photoelectric alarm is more responsive to a smoldering fire.

Every year, over 200 people in the United States die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Several thousand more are treated in hospital emergency rooms for treatment for CO poisoning.

  • CO detectors are designed to alarm before potentially life-threatening levels of CO are reached.
  • CO alarms should be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • CPSC recommends that one CO alarm be installed in the hallway outside the bedrooms in each separate sleeping area of the home.

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Statistics courtesy of the Electrical Safety Foundation International