Four of every ten home fire deaths resulted from fires with no smoke alarms in 2003-2006, according to a new report Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires, released today by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home structure fires in half. The 2007 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code. requires smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level. They should also be interconnected so that when one sounds, they all sound.

According to NFPA approximately 3,000 people a year die in home fires. This report reinforces the importance of smoke alarms in saving lives and identifies the way to further reduce that number through the installation of home fire sprinklers. Visit www.nfpa.org/smokealarms for more information and to see video with basic smoke alarm safety tips.