To the editor:
Every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires. Over half of these deaths–52 percent–occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., when residents are typically sleeping.
Smoke and toxic gases from a home fire are as deadly as heat and flames. Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke can render you unconscious. The majority of fire victims die or are injured from exposure to smoke and toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, not actual burns. In addition, smoke obscures vision, decreasing your ability to escape.