Igniting Awareness: New Fire Safety Survey

Posted by: Wyatt Doolittle on Sat, Oct 07, 2023

Exploring the realm of fire safety, the Fire Safety Survey provides an in-depth glimpse into the preparedness of 1,055 individuals for fire emergencies. As we delve into the survey findings, we'll uncover areas of commendable performance and opportunities for further education.

This research provided several interesting results.

Survey Overview: This analysis is based on a survey focused on fire safety conducted among 1,055 respondents. The survey aimed to understand respondent’s knowledge and preparedness regarding fire safety, including their awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning, testing of smoke alarms, possession of carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, experience using fire extinguishers, and having a plan in case of a house fire.

Our fire safety study has unveiled alarming gaps in preparedness among participants. 

Astonishingly, 41% lack awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms and 12% admit to never testing their smoke alarms, jeopardizing their effectiveness in emergencies. The absence of carbon monoxide detectors in 30% of homes poses a life-threatening risk. In comparison, 42% don't have a fire extinguisher on every level, raising concerns about prompt response to small fires. 

Let's look closer at the survey results to determine what we need to do to improve fire safety.


New Fire Safety Survey

Question 1: Knowledge of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Knowledge of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning chart survey results

  • 59% (620 respondents) answered "Yes" when asked if they and their family know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • 41% (435 respondents) answered "No."


Analysis: 59% of respondents answered "Yes," indicating that they possess awareness regarding the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. This majority is reassuring, suggesting a generally informed population. However, the 41% who answered "No" represent a potential risk, highlighting the need for increased education and awareness in this area.


Question 2: Frequency of Smoke Alarm Testing

Frequency of Smoke Alarm Testing chart survey


  • 20% (211 respondents) test their smoke alarm "Once Per Month."

20 percent test their smoke alarms Once Per Month

  • 40% (423 respondents) test it "A Few Times a Year."

40 percent do Smoke Alarm Testing a few times a year

  • 28% (292 respondents) test it "Once a Year."

28 percent test smoke alarms Once a Year

  • 12% (129 respondents) admitted to "Never" testing their smoke alarm.

12 percent never do Smoke Alarm Testing


    Analysis: Responses vary in terms of smoke alarm testing frequency. While 40% test their alarms a few times a year, indicating a proactive approach to fire safety, 12% admit to never testing them. This poses a concern as regular testing is crucial for ensuring the effectiveness of smoke alarms during emergencies.

    Question 3: Presence of Carbon Monoxide Detector

    Presence of Carbon Monoxide Detector Survey

    • 70% (740 respondents) have a carbon monoxide detector installed in their homes.

    70 percent do not have a carbon monoxide detector

    • 30% (315 respondents) do not have one.

    30 percent have a carbon monoxide detector

    Analysis: 70% of respondents claim to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in their homes. This suggests a high level of adherence to safety standards. However, the remaining 30% without detectors expose themselves to a potentially life-threatening risk, emphasizing the importance of wider adoption of this safety measure.


    Question 4: Fire Extinguisher on Every Level:

    Fire Extinguisher on Every Level chart survey

    • 58% (612 respondents) have a fire extinguisher on every level of their homes.
    • 42% (443 respondents) do not.

    Analysis: While 58% affirm having a fire extinguisher on every level, the 42% without this safety equipment raises concerns. The absence of fire extinguishers on every level could hinder the ability to promptly address and control small fires, emphasizing the need for increased awareness and accessibility of fire extinguishers.



    Question 5: Use of Fire Extinguisher in Emergency

    Use of Fire Extinguisher in Emergency survey results chart

    • 25% (259 respondents) have used a fire extinguisher in a real emergency situation.
    • 75% (796 respondents) have yet to.

    Analysis: A mere 25% of respondents claim to have used a fire extinguisher in a real emergency. This suggests a gap between possession of safety equipment and the practical ability to use it effectively. It underscores the importance of regular training to ensure individuals can confidently respond to emergencies.


    Question 6: Having a House Fire Plan

    Having a House Fire Plan chart survey results

    • 72% (764 respondents) have a plan in case of a house fire.
    • 28% (291 respondents) do not have a plan.

    Analysis:  Encouragingly, 72% state that they have a plan in case of a house fire. This is a positive response, highlighting a substantial portion of the population prioritizing the development of fire escape plans. However, the 28% without a plan suggests the need for continued efforts in promoting and educating about fire safety planning.


    Question 7: Smoke Alarms Required in a 4 Bedroom, 2-Level House


    Smoke Alarms Required in a 4 Bedroom 2 Level House Pie Chart

    • 2% (26 respondents) believe only 1 smoke alarm is required.
    • 33% (352 respondents) think that 2 smoke alarms are needed.
    • 21% (220 respondents) suggest that 5 smoke alarms are required.
    • 43% (457 respondents) believe that 6 smoke alarms are needed.

    Analysis: The wide range of responses to the question regarding the necessary number of smoke alarms in a 4-bedroom, 2-level house indicates a notable need for more clarity and standardized knowledge in this particular facet of fire safety. The correct answer, which is 6 (one in each bedroom and 1 on each floor), deviates significantly from the various responses provided by the respondents.

    Out of the total 1,323 participants, an alarming 56% gave an incorrect answer. Among these, 2%  mistakenly believed that only 1 smoke alarm is required, while 33% thought 2 smoke alarms were needed, and 21% suggested 5 smoke alarms.

    On a positive note, 43% did get it right by choosing the correct answer of 6 smoke alarms. This statistic implies that a significant portion of the respondents, though not the majority, clearly understood the recommended safety measures.

    Fire Safety Survey Analysis

    Overall Analysis: The survey highlights some positive trends in fire safety awareness among respondents. Approximately 60% of participants know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, demonstrating a good baseline understanding. However, there's an opportunity to enhance awareness for the remaining 40% through informative campaigns. Regarding smoke alarm testing, around 60% test their alarms regularly, but 12% never do. Implementing monthly reminders and educational initiatives could encourage more frequent testing and improve overall safety. It's encouraging that 70% have carbon monoxide detectors, emphasizing a positive trend in preparedness. For the 30% without detectors, there's a need to stress the importance of having this crucial safety device.

    In terms of fire extinguisher use, more than half have one on every level, though 75% have never used it in an emergency. Simple and accessible training on fire extinguisher usage could bridge this gap and empower individuals to respond effectively in emergencies. The survey also indicates that 72% of respondents have a fire emergency plan, reflecting proactive safety measures. For the 28% without a plan, encouraging the development of one would further enhance overall preparedness. Lastly, the varying responses regarding the number of smoke alarms needed in a 4-bedroom, 2-level house suggest a potential need for standardized information. Providing clear guidelines on the correct number and placement of smoke alarms can help establish uniform safety practices. Overall, these recommendations aim to build on existing strengths while addressing specific areas for improvement in fire safety awareness and preparedness.


    Beyond Stop, Drop, and Roll: Fire Safety Week

    In a recent exploration into the world of fire safety, the Fire Safety Survey has laid bare the habits and preparedness of over a thousand individuals when facing fire emergencies. The findings provide a snapshot of our collective approach to safety, pointing to both commendable practices and areas where a little more education could go a long way.


    Here are some things to remember when practicing fire safety: 

    Smoke Alarms:

    Regularly check and test smoke alarms to ensure they are in working condition.

    Replace batteries at least once a year or when you hear the low-battery warning.

    Escape Routes:

    Have a fire escape plan, and ensure everyone in your household knows it.

    Practice fire drills regularly so everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

    Fire Extinguishers:

    Keep fire extinguishers in key areas of your home, such as the kitchen and garage.

    Learn how to use a fire extinguisher properly and ensure they are regularly inspected.

    Kitchen Safety:

    Never leave cooking unattended, and keep flammable items away from the stove.

    Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and a blanket for small grease fires.

    Electrical Safety:

    Avoid overloading electrical outlets and use appliances according to their instructions.

    Replace or repair damaged cords; don't run them under rugs or furniture.

    Candle Safety:

    When using candles, keep them away from anything flammable and never leave them unattended. Consider using flameless LED candles for added safety.

    Heating Safety:

    Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.

    Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.

    Children Education:

    It is important to educate children on fire safety and the risks associated with playing with matches and lighters. Keep these items out of reach of children.

    Home Sprinkler Systems:

    Install a home sprinkler system for an added layer of protection.

    Emergency Services:

    Ensure all family members know how to call emergency services and provide essential information calmly.

    Fire Safety Week is an excellent opportunity to refresh and reinforce these practices. Stay safe! 

    "At Unlimited Lights LLC, safety is our wake-up call. Shockingly, 30% lack a fire plan. We're flipping the switch—empowering every household, turning statistics into preparedness. It's time to ignite awareness, not just about having tools, but using them confidently. - CEO Wyatt Doolittle"


    This blog post does not constitute professional advice on fire safety. Always consult with qualified professionals and authorities for advice tailored to your specific situation. We disclaim any liability for any injury, damage, or loss that may arise from reliance on the information provided in this blog post. By reading and using the information in this blog post, you agree to do so at your own risk.

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