What do the experts say about protecting my family from fire?

If I could say one thing and stress one issue, that is when you’re looking at detectors as a life safety device, you have to have the very best — the very best that you can put in place. That is probably the one and the most critical issue that I could stress.” -Larry Grosse, Ph.D. , a Certified, Advanced Fire Prevention Inspector

“Families should recognize fire as a very real possibility, and think about the following: when a fire could start, where it could start and when do they want to know about it. The time a family has to escape a home fire safely is very short. It can be only a matter of a few minutes. Early detection is the key to survival, and having the right equipment installed and maintained in the proper locations in the home could be the difference between life and death.” -Larry Grosse, Ph.D. , a Certified, Advanced Fire Prevention Inspector

Where to Locate the Required Smoke Alarms – smoke alarms are best located in each bedroom and between the bedroom areas and the rest of the unit. In dwelling units with more than one bedroom area or with bedrooms on more than one floor, more than one smoke alarm is required. - NFPA 72-’10 p.256 A.29.5.1

Chapter 29 does not attempt to cover all equipment, methods, and requirements that might be necessary or advantageous for the protection of lives and property from fire. NFPA 72 is a “minimum code.” - NFPA 72-’10 p. 252 A.29.1.1

This code establishes minimum standards for the use of fire-warning equipment. The use of additional alarms or detectors over and above the minimum standards is encouraged. The use of additional devices can result in a combination of equipment. - NFPA 72-’10 p. 253 A.29.3.3

There often is very little time between the detection of a fire and the time it becomes deadly. This interval can be as little as 1 or 2 minutes. - NFPA 72-’10 p. 253 A.29.2

Are More Smoke Alarms Desirable? The required number of smoke alarms might not provide reliable early warning protection for those areas separated by a door from the areas protect by the required smoke alarms. For this reason, the use of additional smoke alarms for those areas for increased protection is recommended. The additional areas include dining room, furnace room, utility room, and hallways not protected by the required smoke alarms, The installation of smoke alarms in kitchen, attics (finished or unfinished) or garages is not normally recommended, because these locations occasionally experience conditions that can result on improper operations. - NFPA 72-’10 p.256 A.29.5.1