From the 1970’s till now, smoke detectors have contributed to a 50% decrease in fire deaths. Statistics from 2000-2004 show that 65% of reported home fire deaths occurred in homes that had no working smoke detectors or no smoke detectors installed. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that 890 lives per year would be saved if every home had working smoke alarms. To save lives, more is required than to simply have an installed smoke detector; they must be in proper working condition. As daylight savings time ends, and time falls back, remember to test and change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Here is a helpful infographic to illustrate home fire and smoke alarm statistics: