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How safe is your household? Somewhere in America a home fire occurs roughly every 85 seconds. Most importantly, every two and a half hours someone is killed in a home fire, this includes an average of three children per day.

Most victims of fire succumb to the smoke and toxic gasses – not to burns. The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 2a.m. and 4a.m. – when most people are asleep. In the U. S. Between 75 and 80 percent of the deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. Although smoke alarms are present in over 94% of American homes, nearly 25% of those do not work, mostly due to worn or missing batteries, leaving over 16 million homes at needless risk.