Recently I was informed that a very high percentage of young children do not wake up to the high pitch noise of a fire alarm/smoke detector. I was shocked so I started researching about this and thought I would share my findings with you.
This is what Today News results were:
We watched them on a monitor downstairs. The Hollander boys were fast asleep, and our fire captain sounded the alarm. Would they wake up? Seconds went by as the alarm loudly beeped away. Then a minute. Then two minutes. The alarm kept beeping, but the boys kept sleeping while we watched. Experts say that in a real emergency, their chances of survival would be slipping away.
The boys kept sleeping through the alarm for close to three minutes. The fire captain said they should have gotten up and out to safety by then. When they finally did wake up, we asked them: “Did you hear that fire alarm going off? It was beeping so loud, right outside your room!”
“No,” the boys answered. “Didn’t hear it at all.”
Researcher Dr. Gary Smith at Ohio’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital who has been studying children and smoke detectors for years had this to say:
“It would astound you at how loud the sounds can get and the children continue to sleep through them, they’re biologically different than adults, and that’s absolutely critical for us to understand when we’re trying to prevent injury and death among children” Smith said. “They are simply not small adults. They’re different biologically and that means they sleep differently. Children spend more time in deep sleep than adults do, and that’s why it’s harder for them to awaken in the case of an emergency.”
Below are some videos that you may want to watch if you have children or grandchildren.
Do Your Smoke Detectors Really Work? You might be shocked at these tests!
Here is a link to a Duel Smoke Detector. This smoke detector is equipped with both Photoelectric and Ionization technology for optimal safety.
Please Be Safe!!
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