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    Fire council releases report on home fire safety inspections

    November 30, 2011

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    Greenbelt, MD – Home safety inspections conducted in three states found that fewer than 20 percent of homes were adequately covered by functional smoke alarms, according to a report (.pdf file) from the National Volunteer Fire Council.

    The inspections, conducted in rural areas of Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Alabama between October 2010 and March 2011, found:

    • 86 percent of homes did not have a carbon monoxide detector.
    • 22 percent had a fire extinguisher on every level of the home.
    • 80 percent did not have a smoke alarm in every bedroom.
    • 20 percent had one smoke alarm previously installed; 12 percent did not have a smoke alarm at all.
    • 37 percent had at least one non-functioning smoke alarm.
    • 5 percent had smoke alarms that were more than 10 years old.

    The three states were chosen because of their high fire death rates, according to the report.

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