Posted: Nov 3, 2013 8:30 AM by Meteorologist Mike Heard
Updated: Nov 3, 2013 8:42 AM
Daylight saving time ended last night. Remember the simple trick "change your clock, change your batteries" in BOTH and ALL your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Please share. Stay safe from your local Professional Fire Fighters in SW Montana.
When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead. Almost one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures was due to dead batteries.
Fire & smoke can race through your home in seconds! Each year more than 4,000 Americans die and more than 25,000 are injured in fires that could have been prevented.
The U.S. has one of the highest fire related fatality rates in the industrialized world. In 1997, the U.S. fire death rate was 15.2 deaths per million population.
Between 1993 and 1997, an average of 4,500 Americans lost their lives and another 26,500 were injured each year as the result of fire.
About 100 firefighters are killed each year in duty-related incidents.
Each year, fires kill more Americans than all natural disasters combined.
Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in the home; at least 80 percent of all fire deaths occur in residences.
About 2 million fires are reported each year; many others go unreported, causing untold additional injuries and property loss.
Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at $8.5 billion annually.