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The importance of smoke alarms in U.S. households

Posted on January 2, 2015 10:39 am under Premises Liability

In a 2004 to 2005 survey commissioned by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 96% to 97% households reported having at least one smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are essential in alerting occupants about fires, and they are considered instrumental to saving lives and preventing injuries.

However, the survey also revealed that nearly five million homes in the U.S. are still not equipped with smoke alarms, which may place invitees, guests and other occupants at risk of fire injuries. In fact, the NFPA found that three out of five fire-related deaths happened on premises without fire alarms. Furthermore, the possibility of fire fatalities decreased by half in properties equipped with fire alarms.

It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that no harm befalls occupants and visitors due to negligence and carelessness. If you have been involved in an injurious fire accident while on someone’s premise, a Milwaukee lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is willing to look into your situation to determine the possibility of filing a legal complaint against the property owner or manager involved. To learn more about your legal options, call us at (414) 271-0900 today.