Worryingly, Children May Sleep Through Activated Smoke Alarms

General Urko

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I was watching Holly and Mr. Scoffield on TV3 this morning and they had an item which strongly suggests that most children will sleep through a standard activated smoke alarm as it appears to high pitched to waken them! This to me and any normal person should be very worrying!

I will link to the appropriate piece when it is on the i player and I have included other links to it.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/23/smoke-alarms-children-sleep-through-fire-investigator

Smoke alarms 'fail to wake children' - BBC News

Kids can sleep through smoke alarms, experts say - TODAY.com

[video=youtube;rDzTOk8ZZB4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDzTOk8ZZB4[/video]
 


General Urko

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It's kind of like the 'mosquito' in reverse!
 

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I was watching Holly and Mr. Scoffield on TV3 this morning and they had an item which strongly suggests that most children will sleep through a standard activated smoke alarm as it appears to high pitched to waken them! This to me and any normal person should be very worrying!

I will link to the appropriate piece when it is on the i player and I have included other links to it.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/23/smoke-alarms-children-sleep-through-fire-investigator

Smoke alarms 'fail to wake children' - BBC News

Kids can sleep through smoke alarms, experts say - TODAY.com

[video=youtube;rDzTOk8ZZB4]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDzTOk8ZZB4[/video]
They have been trialing one in the UK that uses a low, pitched woman's voice, which has a far higher success rate of waking children - apparently they respond more to this than the regular smoke alarm.

Smoke alarms 'fail to wake children' - BBC News
 


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