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12/3/2012 - Three-quarters of survey respondents unaware of smoke alarm basics


Many Americans don’t know much about smoke alarms.

Though every home is required to have one, proper smoke alarm installation is something that a considerable number of homeowners aren't familiar with.

According to a recent survey conducted jointly by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, fire safety product manufacturer Kidde and the nonprofit foundation Help the Good Guys, approximately 75% of respondents couldn't accurately say where the best place in the home to install a smoke detector was. In addition, 43% said they didn't know how to replace one.

"The sooner an alarm is heard after an emergency arises, the more time there is to respond," said Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. "By taking the simple online pledge, consumers will know the steps to help be fire safe and significantly increase the chance that they will have enough time to escape their house should a fire occur."

Some of the most common homeowner's insurance claims result from fires within the home. Residents can learn how to diminish this threat and other details about proper smoke alarm placement by visiting AlarmPledge.com.

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