Thursday, January 1, 2009
Every year in the United States, about 3,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. Smoke alarms can help protect you and your family in the event of a fire. Dr. Edward Hill tells us how in todayís 60 Second Housecall.
A smoke alarm is critical for the early detection of a fire in your home and could mean the difference between life and death. Fires can occur in a variety of ways and in any room of your home. But no matter where or how, having a smoke alarm is the first key step towards your familyís safety.
In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat. Thatís one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not as a result of burns. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock.
Install a working smoke alarm on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms. Replace smoke alarm batteries at least annually, such as when resetting clocks in the fall or spring. And test all smoke alarms in your house once a month.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.