Over the past few decades, there have been great strides in public awareness around home fire safety and prevention. One example of this success is around smoke alarms, which shows that most homes now have at least one installed. But even with measures of progress, we continue to see that more work needs to be done around better educating people about the critical importance of properly installing, testing, and maintaining smoke alarms.

 In New Hampshire,have occurred in 2020, collectively claiming the lives of eight people. The common thread between these tragic incidents is that none of the homes had working smoke alarms. In the last five years, 49 people have died in home fires in New Hampshire. In more than half of those fires, smoke alarms were not present. According to NFPA smoke alarm statistics, nearlyresult from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms. 

Following are NFPA requirements and recommendations around proper installation, testing and maintenance of smoke alarms:

Use this

10-minute mini-lesson

to deliver smoke alarm information in an easily sharable format, along with our other

smoke alarm resources

to better educate your community about their importance and value.