A booklet in narrative form -- "What You Should Know About Smoke Detectors" -- is available to the public from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The booklet tells the consumer what he or she should know about smoke detectors. More than six thousand die annually in home fires and more than 300 thousand are injured, and it is hoped that the information contained in the booklet can help educate those unfamiliar with the advantages of smoke detectors and, in turn, may help prevent future fire injuries and deaths.
Proper selection, installation, and maintenance of smoke detectors are discussed in the CPSC booklet. Also reviewed are popular misconceptions on the dangers of nighttime fires.
For those planning to purchase a new smoke detector, the booklet explains box detectors work and how effective they are.
Once the consumer is convinced that he or she will purchase a smoke detector, the important questions asked are: What kind do we need? How many will adequately protect my family? and Where do we put them?
For answers to these and other questions on smoke detectors, write for your copy of the CPSC booklet to: Smoke Detector Booklet, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207 or call the toll-free CPSC Hotline at 800/638-2772.
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thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the
nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or
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chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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