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An average of three children
a day approximately 1,100 children under
the age of 15 die each year in house fires
in the United States.
percent of fire deaths involving children occur
in homes without smoke detectors. Sadly, many of
these tragic deaths could be avoided with working
92 percent of American homes have smoke
detectors, nearly one-third don't work because of
worn or missing batteries. With early warning
that working smoke detectors can provide,
residents stand a much greater chance of escaping
to safety. In fact, working smoke detectors cut
the risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half.
on Oct. 31, when you turn back your clocks, take
an extra minute to install fresh batteries in
your smoke detectors, too. Then push the test
button on the detector to make sure that the
device is working.
recommend that families also plan two escape
routes from their home and practice them
regularly. It's also a good idea to pre-assemble
a fire safety kit, including working flashlights,
fresh batteries, important phone numbers and a
supply of cash.