Smoke alarms are vital for homeowners in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Homeowners want to make sure that the smoke alarms in the homes are in proper working condition. Smoke alarms prevent homes from burning, which can lead to fatalities.
When a fire starts, the smoke from the fire triggers the smoke alarm to go off, warning the homeowner of a potential fire in the home. When the smoke alarm is not working, the homeowner and the people inside the home may not know about the fire until it is too late.
Homeowners should make a habit of changing the batteries in their smoke alarms at least once a year. A good time to change the batteries is when clocks are changed for Daylight Saving Time, i.e., setting clocks back an hour.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately three out of five fire deaths occur in homes due to the fact that the homes did not have smoke alarms or did not have proper working smoke alarms.
Another thing homeowners should do to make sure that their smoke alarms are working properly, in addition to changing batteries, is to register their smoke alarms after purchase so they will be notified of any recalls. Just 2 months ago, about 1.2 million Kidde hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms were recalled. The alarms could fail to alert homeowners of a fire or carbon monoxide leak after a power outage. *Source: www.cpsc.gov
The recalled smoke alarms involve model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014 and the recalled combination smoke/CO alarm involve model i12010SCO with manufacture dates between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.
Smoke alarms can save lives, but only if they are in proper working condition. Just this month, there have been several home fires in Philadelphia. The possible cause of one of the fires may be a smoke alarm not in proper working condition. See Recent Fires in Philadelphia - Who is Responsible?
If a homeowner or consumer is injured in a fire due to a faulty smoke alarm, the injured consumer may be able to recover financial compensation from the smoke alarm manufacturer. Some of the damages include:
Mr. O'Brien is a personal injury lawyer licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has been helping injured victims for 30 years. If you have questions about an accident or injury, call 877.944.8396 to schedule a free consultation.