October 29, 1999
CPSC Warns the Smoke Detectors in About
16 Million Homes Do Not Work
Washington, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - According to a survey
conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 90 percent of U.S.
households have smoke detectors installed. However, the survey found that the smoke
detectors in 20 percent of those households -- about 16 million -- were not working,
mostly because the battery was dead or missing.
Fire is the second leading cause of unintentional
death in the home. Each year, more than 3,700 people die in residential fires, and there
are more than 400,000 residential fires serious enough to be reported to fire departments.
"Smoke detectors can save lives, but they
won't work if they are not maintained," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown. "They
should be tested monthly, and the batteries should be replaced at least once a year or
when they make a 'chirping' sound."
Long-life smoke detectors with 10-year batteries
have been available to consumers since 1995. These long-life detectors also should be
CPSC recommends consumers place a smoke detector
that meets the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories' (UL) standard outside their
bedrooms and on each level of multi- story homes. CPSC has worked to strengthen smoke
detector performance and installation requirements.
Have you checked for recalls on your Smoke, Heat,
fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors? Here is a link to the most recent recalls in the
U.S. Click Here - if you want to
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