People in Illinois are being reminded to find out what needs to be done in case of a fire. Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez urges everyone to review their safety protocols as part of National Fire Prevention Week. Around 1,400 people are killed each year in home fire deaths. Three out of five happen in homes with no working smoke alarms or none at all.
It is estimated that around half of all home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11:00pm and 7:00am, when most people are asleep. This means that without a smoke alarm, many people are unaware of the fire until it is too late. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire in half.