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August 2001

When Smoke Alarms Are a Nuisance: A Call to Action

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (Dr Berger); and Environmental Health Services Section, Bemidji Area Indian Health Service, Bemidji, Minn (Ms Kuklinski).

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(8):875-876. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.8.875

There is a clear analogy between smoke detectors and child car seats. Both technologies have been enthusiastically embraced, and their widespread distribution has saved many thousands of lives. However, the issue of car seat misuse has led to a reevaluation of engineering and educational approaches for child occupant protection.1 It is time for a similar comprehensive reevaluation of smoke detectors for home fire safety.

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