These days, smoke alarms are as important as ever. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 60% of fatal household fires occur in homes that have faulty or non-functioning smoke alarms. To further reinforce this, homes without functioning smoke alarms have been found to carry an increased death rate (twice as much) than homes that are properly outfitted with smoke alarms.
Needless to say, the importance of keeping up with and maintaining smoke alarms cannot be understated. This post goes over some of the key facts that you should