Common smoke alarms fail to quickly rouse children from sleep: study

The younger the child, the less likely they are to respond, researchers find in a novel study
Reuters Health

The best smoke alarm to rouse children from deep sleep is one that combines a human voice with a low-frequency tone, researchers have found.

After an experiment with children aged between five and 12 they concluded that commonly used home smoke alarms with a high-frequency tone only are inadequate to wake many children in time to escape a fire.