Why are smoke detectors so important?
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,000 people died from fires in 2008 with 84% of fatal fires happening in homes and other dwellings. Unless you see a fire start, you can only find out there is a fire if you're awake to smell the smoke. If you happen to be asleep, a smoke detector is probably the only way to save your life and the lives of everyone sleeping in your home. Smoke detectors are intended to sound an alarm when they sense smoke. Smoke rises so place the detectors near the ceiling or directly onto the ceiling. Make sure there is a smoke detector on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations for installation of smoke detectors.

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1. Why do firefighters break out windows and cut holes in a roof during a fire?
2. Why do firefighters block traffic lanes at motor vehicle accidents and more lanes than are necessary?
3. Sometimes I see fire apparatus with lights and siren in operation proceeding through intersections and then after they go through they turn off their lights and slow down?
4. Why does my water turn brown when firefighters turn on fire hydrants?
5. Why do firefighters shop at the local grocery stores?
6. Why are smoke detectors so important?