Causes of Fire Fatalities
Since 2003, Mississippi had led the nation in fire fatalities. The top three causes of fire fatalities in Mississippi are: heating (26% of fires), careless smoking (23% of fires), and electrical (17% of fires). Most fire-related deaths result from the inhalation of smoke or other toxic gases, not from the actual fire itself.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
The majority of fires (58%) occur in homes without smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives by providing early warning of fire danger. In fact, a functioning smoke alarm in your home may increase your survival rate by 78%! It is also very important to have an escape plan in case of fire, which should include a designated meeting place once you and your family have exited your home.
How to Properly Install a Smoke Detector
- Smoke detectors should be installed high on the wall, 6 to 12 inches below the ceiling.
- Smoke detectors should be located outside of every bedroom of non-smokers and inside of the bedrooms of individuals who smoke.
- Smoke detectors should be located on every floor of your home and should be checked and cleaned weekly to ensure the device is functioning properly.
Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide is a gas that is a by-product of combustion and is commonly present in smoke. It is also known as the “silent killer” because it is colorless and odorless. The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may resemble that of the flu or common cold. Carbon monoxide detectors are the only way to detect the presence of carbon monoxide within your home and they are very affordable.