Talking Smoke Alarms Can Save Children's Lives

Research has shown that, although children may sleep through an audible smoke alarm, they will respond more quickly to the sound of a known voice urging them to get up. This is due to the brain's ability to recognize one's own name or a familiar voice even while asleep. New vocal smoke alarms allow you to record your own alarm messages and exit instructions to help reduce critical exit times. For example: "Taylor, this Mom!! There is a fire!! Get Up!! Get up now and go outside!!" There are several options available that an internet search for "Talking Smoke Alarms" will locate.

A video clip from a Boston TV station investigative report graphically demonstrates the differences between talking and non-talking alarms.