Smoke alarms fail to wake sleeping children

In the study of 123 children from 79 families, parents, recruited via the media and postcards, set off the smoke alarm closest to the child’s bed for 30 seconds, 1–3 hours after the child fell asleep.

Children aged 5–10 years were significantly more at risk, with 87% sleeping through the alarm, compared with 56% of those aged 11–15, the authors from Victoria