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Scary Statistics on Smoke Alarms in New Hampshire

As we dive into the heart of summer, many of us are enjoying time with family and friends, hosting gatherings, or welcoming rental guests into our homes. It's a season filled with joy and activity, but it's also a time to be vigilant about safety, especially fire safety. Recent statistics from the New Hampshire Division of Fire Safety underscore a stark reality: working smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire.

The Alarming Statistics

According to the latest data as of June 26, 2024, New Hampshire has experienced 11 fatal fires this year, resulting in 13 tragic fatalities. Of these, only three homes had working smoke alarms. This means a staggering 8 out of 11 homes where fatalities occurred lacked adequate smoke detection.

The Lifesaving Importance of Smoke Alarms

The data paints a clear picture: working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms save lives. Here are some essential tips to ensure your home is protected:

  • Install Smoke Alarms on Every Level: Make sure there is a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement. Each bedroom and outside sleeping areas should also have alarms.
  • Regular Maintenance: Replace smoke alarms every ten years and test them monthly to ensure they are functioning correctly.
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Alongside smoke alarms, CO alarms are crucial, especially in homes with fuel-burning appliances.

Safety for Rental Properties

If you rent out your property, either seasonally or year-round, ensuring it is equipped with adequate and functioning smoke and CO alarms is not just a legal obligation but a moral one. Your guests' safety is paramount, and providing a safe environment can prevent tragedies and protect you from liability.

Fire can spread rapidly, and you may have less than three minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. This brief window highlights the urgency of having an effective alert system in place. Let's take these statistics as a wake-up call to review and enhance the fire safety measures in our homes. Protect your loved ones, guests, and yourself by ensuring your smoke and CO alarms are in optimal working condition.

Stay safe, be vigilant, and enjoy a worry-free season with peace of mind knowing your home is well-protected.

For more information and resources, visit the New Hampshire Division of Fire Safety website or contact your local fire department.

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