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Kentucky’s average fire death rate tied for the eighth highest in the U.S. A lounge fire in May 1977, which killed 165 people, accounted for the highest death toll in a Kentucky fire since 1899.


Two-thirds of home fires that kill children under the age of 5 occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. Below are a few facts and tips about smoke alarms in the home.

  • • When fire breaks out, you have only seconds to escape its powerful heat, blinding smoke and deadly gases.
  • • Families can dramatically decrease their chances of surviving a fire simply by installing and maintaining working smoke alarms.
  • • Install and maintain smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound
  • • Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • • If you keep the door of your baby’s bedroom closed, keep a working smoke alarm in the room and use a baby monitor so you can hear when the alarm sounds.
  • • As soon as your children are old enough to understand, familiarize them with the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • • Teach your children that when a smoke alarm goes off, they must leave the home and go to the designated family meeting place outside.
  • • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) should be installed in homes.
  • • Smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement in addition to the usual alarm sound, may be helpful in waking children through the use of a familiar voice.
  • • Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance.
  • • If cooking fumes or steam sets off nuisance alarms, replace the alarm with an alarm that has a “hush” button. A “hush” button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.

Modern Systems Inc. offers fire alarms along with security and entertainment. To learn more about how we can help you and your family have peace of mind, call us for a free, no obligation consultation and quote.




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