FEMA Launches New Campaign for Smoke Detectors

Issue 12 and Volume 134.

FEMA Launches New Campaign for Smoke Detectors A year-long campaign to get smoke detectors into the homes of those who need them most has been launched by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). Aimed at minorities, the elderly and the handicapped, the campaign that started during Fire Prevention Week is based on the theme, “Smoke detectors save lives—don’t stay home without one.” FEMA reports that half of the nation’s homes have smoke detectors, but those of the target group are still mostly unprotected. Recent findings about smoke detector use nationwide indicate that: The chances of dying in a fire are reduced by one-half if a smoke detector is present in the home. Smoke detectors are giving the first warning of a fire in about 40 percent of all cases—a significant percentage considering that most fires occur while occupants are awake. Twenty-one percent of all homeowners with detectors received them as…

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