Precautions for Early Warning of a Fire
WAKE UP urges homeowners to take all possible precautions to make sure they have early warning of a fire in their home and will wake up in sufficient time to save their lives.
- Fires most often start at night
- A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds
- Fires can spread quickly
- The smoke from a fire is the real killer
- Smoke suffocates quickly, making it impossible to wake up
- Smoke inhalation may mean you are dead before the flames reach you
WAKE UP says you cannot assume just because you have a working smoke detector in your house that its alarm will wake you.
- The detector may not be located close enough to the fire to activate in time
- The sound of the smoke alarm may be weakened passing through closed doors
- The sound of the smoke alarm may be weakened because it is located on another floor