When Was the Last Time You Tested Your Smoke Detectors?

When was the last time you checked your smoke detectors to make sure they’re working?  If you can’t remember, it’s been way too long. You’re supposed to check them once a month.  But a recent poll found two-thirds of us haven’t, including 28% who haven’t checked them in three months or more.  Here are five more quick stats about fires, and the risk factors you should know about . . .


 1.  Around 90% of us think we could protect ourselves in a fire.  But the rest of these stats don’t really back that up.

 2.  1 in 4 people don’t own a fire extinguisher.  And 1 in 10 people who do have one don’t know where it is right now.

  3.  60% have never done a fire drill at home, or talked to their family about what to do.

  4.  42% of us haven’t cleaned the lint filter in our dryer in a while.  Which is a common thing that starts fires.

  5.  And 1 in 5 people said they blow fuses or trip their breaker at least every few months, which could be a sign your system is overloaded.

  The top things that cause electrical fires include:  Old wiring . . . bad outlets, appliances, and light fixtures . . . extension cords and power strips that are overloaded . . . and space heaters that are too close to things like curtains. 

(ValuePenguin / Allumiax)