Parents, listen up! If a smoke alarm goes off in your house, your kids will probably sleep through it! It may sound impossible. But a study in the journal Pediatrics found that almost 90-percent of kids under 12 sleep for at least 3 minutes after a smoke alarm goes off. And fire-safety experts say that within those 3 minutes, a fire could fill your house with toxic smoke, and bring the interior temperature to nearly 600 degrees! So, it’s vital to get your family up and out of the house ASAP.

Pediatrician Dr. Gary Smith says the reason why smoke alarms don’t wake children is simple: They spend more time in deep sleep than adults do. And since deep sleep is when our bodies heal and repair cells, our brains try to keep us sleeping by incorporating the sounds we hear into our dreams. 

So parents, the first step in your fire escape plan should be waking your kids. Studies show that an urgent call from a parent – especially while using a child’s name - is 3 times more effective at waking children than regular alarms.

And if you’re one of the 77-percent of families that DON’T have a fire escape plan, change that now! Go to