What are “nuisance alarms”? Why are they a concern?

A smoke alarm that goes off when there’s no emergency is annoying. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), such “nuisance alarms” are the leading reason why homeowners intentionally disable their smoke detectors. Yet doing so can be deadly. A survey conducted by the NFPA found that smoke alarms sounded in only half of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments, and almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

 

For more information, see this study from the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering.

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