House fires can strike at any time, in any place. And they can happen quickly—in less than 30 seconds, a small flame can grow to a major fire, and in just five minutes, that fire can engulf your entire home.
When every second counts, it's vital that you have working smoke detectors in your home.
Smoke detectors do more than just alert you to fire; they save lives. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 3 out of 5 fire-related deaths occurred in homes without working smoke detectors.
With a number of smart features, Vivint Smoke and CO Detectors are the best way to keep your family safe in case of a fire.
Smoke detector 101
Although smoke detectors are required by law in every home and commercial building in the United States, they are actually relatively new technology.
In 1975, only 10% of homes had smoke detectors; today, that number has risen to 97% and deaths by residential fires have been cut in half. This is why the National Institute of Standards and Technology has credited the smoke alarm as the "greatest success story in fire safety in the 20th century."
Like the name implies, smoke detectors work by detecting smoke in the air (because where there's smoke, there's fire). The smoke detector then sounds a loud alarm to alert people in the home or building.
Your home should have multiple smoke alarms. The NFPA recommends placing smoke detectors in the following areas:
- Inside every bedroom
- Outside each separate sleeping area
- On every floor of the house (including the basement)
Keep in mind that these are the minimum recommendations. Depending on the size of your home, you may need more. Additionally, smoke alarms should be interconnected, meaning that when one alarm sounds, they all sound.