Mothers – If you want to wake up the kids during a fire, add your voice to the smoke alarm.
A recent study found that most children do not respond to conventional fire alarms. BUT if you add your voice, children do respond to their parent’s voice smoke alarm
Smoke alarms equipped with a personalized recording of a worried mother’s voice was significantly better at waking up children in a deep sleep and enabling them to perform a simulated escape procedure than standard residential tone alarms.
The median time to awaken was 20 seconds in the voice alarm group, and three minutes in the tone alarm group, the study found.
In June, the National Fire Protection Association revised the National Fire Alarm Code, and, for the first time, smoke alarms that use voice notification will meet code and can be used in homes
Unfortunately nothing on the market that compares to the alarms used in the study.
So the next time you need to get out during a fire, just SCREAM “Emily! Emily! Wake up! Get out of bed! Leave the room!”
For more information on this study, read the latest issue of Pediatrics