About 3,500 Americans dies each year in fires and about 20,000 are injured according to the United States Fire Administration. Since most fatal fires happen at night - while people are sleeping - it is important to know how to better protect our families if fire should strike.
Testing your home's smoke alarms to make sure they are in working order and replacing any alarm that is 10 years of age or older are two ways to help prepare your family for a fire emergency. Another way, is to install home fire sprinklers. The combination of smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the likelihood of death from fire by more than 80 percent says the USFA.
Sprinkler systems have been in use for more than 100 years. New England textile mills started using them around the turn of the 20th century following many devastating fires that claimed numerous lives and destroyed whole businesses. Now, this technology is available to help protect families and homes.