Missing Batteries & Outdated Alarms Put U.S. Families at Risk
An average of 3,000 Americans die in fires each year
Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or working smoke alarms, mainly due to missing or dead batteries. (NFPA)
A recent Kidde survey revealed that 58% of Americans don’t know that batteries should be changed every six months; 61% have left their alarms without a working battery.
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. (NFPA)
A recent Kidde survey found one out of four older U.S. homes need updated fire safety equipment; that equals 17 million homes with outdated smoke alarms.
Growing Trend Towards Smoke Alarms with Sealed, 10-year Batteries
Cities and states have begun requiring the use of sealed, 10-year battery smoke alarms because the technology:
Offers hassle-free protection for a decade (the life of the alarm)
Eliminates low battery chirps and battery replacement
Prohibits unauthorized tampering or battery removal
Provides an alert after 10 years to replace the alarm
Saves property owners up to $40 in battery costs over the life of each alarm
National fire industry organizations that support this technology include: the National Association of State Fire Marshals; Smoke Alarm Technology State Task Forces in Maryland, Ohio and California; Centers for Disease Control; and FEMA through its Assistance to Firefighter (AFG) grants.
The following states have enacted 10-year legislation. Check the below Laws & Legislation Map for current information on your state.
States & Cities with 10-year Smoke Alarm Laws:
Law Effective Date:
|California||July 1, 2014|
|Lousiana||Jan. 1, 2011|
|North Carolina||Jan. 1, 2013|
|Georgia||Jan. 30, 2014|
|Maryland||July 1, 2013|
|Phoenix||April 18, 2014|
|New York City||April 1, 2014|
|Madison, WI||Aug. 1, 2010|
|Milwaukee||June 1, 2013|
|Philadelphia||Nov. 27, 2012|
|Louisville||April 10, 2013|