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Family Saved by Smoke Alarm in Foster City

One smoke alarm saved four lives.  During the early hours of a Sunday morning on 6/22/08, a family was alerted by the sound of a smoke alarm. The husband investigated and found a large fire in the garage. The family of four exited the home and neighbors called in the fire. One smoke alarm saved four lives.

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A HOME ESCAPE PLAN is something the whole family must be involved in.....and practiced so that each person knows exactly what to do.
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Trees used indoors for the holidays account for approximately 400 fires annually, resulting in 10 deaths, 80 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage. Be Safe!

View the attached video that shows what happens in less than 60 seconds when a Christmas tree catches on fire.

For further information view the National Institute of Standards and Technology web site at

Smoke Alarms (Detectors)