Unfortunately, many people don’t associate smoke alarms with home security. But smoke alarms are just as necessary for the protection of your home and family as traditional security systems.

To help drive this point home, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released a new study that demonstrates the effectiveness of smoke alarms. The study, titled “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Homes”, used data from the U.S. Fire Administration to analyze residential fires over a 4 year period (2005 to 2009).

The conclusion?

“The death rate of per 100 fires was twice as high in homes without a working smoke alarm than those with protection [smoke alarms].”

As if there were any doubt, the study proves that smoke detectors save lives.

Homes without smoke detectors can be deadly in the event of a fire. This might seem obvious to any home owner (or anyone with common sense) but if a study has to be released to convince people to install smoke alarms, so be it.

There were a few interesting tidbits in the NFPA study, which I’ve listed below. If you’re curious about the entire study, you can get that here. Quick stats from the study can be found here.

Fast Facts: Smoke Detectors

  • Among reported house fires, almost 1 in 4 smoke alarms failed to operate.
  • Almost 2/3 of home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.
  • 96 percent of all American homes have at least 1 smoke alarm. Only 75 percent of American homes have at least 1 working smoke alarm.
  • Interconnected smoke alarms work better than stand alone units. An interconnected smoke alarm system operates properly in approximately 80 percent of fires; stand alone units only function during 37 percent of fires.