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Smoke Alarms

September 23, 2010 by  
Filed under J.Reich, Uncategorized

BEEP! BEEP!

Last night at 2:30 am, our smoke alarm went off. I vaulted out of bed and ran, heart pounding, to my son Austin’s room. I snatched up Austin (2), and then screamed “Tyler” as I whirled around and headed to his room.
On the way, I practically ran into my husband, Mike, who was in the hallway. At that instant I realized that the alarm had stopped sounding. Thank God.

I put Austin back in bed and checked on Tyler. Mike and I did a careful search of the house and found nothing wrong. We don’t know what caused the alarm to go off; perhaps a spider crawled inside.

But one of the scariest parts of this was that neither Austin nor Tyler (4) woke up. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, up to 85% of kids don’t wake up to smoke alarms because they sleep so deeply and the alarms aren’t loud enough. Safety experts are working to develop different types of alarms, such as those with flashing lights and different sounds. In the meantime, parents should be aware that the alarms might not wake kids up.

Also be sure to check your smoke alarm batteries once a month and replace their batteries once a year. Make a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.

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2 Comments on "Smoke Alarms"

  1. Christopher Danyluk on Tue, 12th Oct 2010 3:26 am 

    Smoke alarms are not always heard by adults at the same time. I would like to add Carbon Monoxide alarms with this text. Several years back we received a fire call around 2:00 – 3:00 AM and the family was awoken by a 9 year old girl who was the only one to hear the blaring smoke alarm. She went to her daddy’s room and woke him – who in turn got everyone out safely. She received an award for her alert response. Going back to the CO detector, it is equally important as smoke detectors for any home that has a fossil fuel burning appliance the real possibility is there for dangerous products of combustion to be filing your living space and you would not smell or see it. All detectors need to be in working order also – plugged in or have fresh strong batteries at all times. A detector without a power source is not going to protect anyone.

  2. admin on Mon, 18th Oct 2010 2:41 pm 

    Hi Chris, Thank you so much for your very informative, insightful comment. I value your comment and I really appreciate you posting to our website. Thank you! Jennifer

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