Thurnau – smoke detectors can save lives. "If you don't have one installed in your apartment or house, you're playing with fire", says district fire inspector siegfried zillig after the fire in thurnau, which killed an 81-year-old man on thursday due to smoke poisoning.
The fire in thurnau and the attempted arson in oberzettlitz have led to renewed discussion about the importance of smoke detectors. How important are these?
Siegfried zillig: without referring to the current fire, we know from many other incidents that smoke alarms save lives. They trigger the alarm at an early stage and wake up sleeping people. 70 percent of the 200,000 or so fires registered in germany each year occur at night. 95 percent of the people who die in fires do not die from burns, but from smoke poisoning, such as that caused by smoldering fires. If a smoke detector goes off, the chances of everything ending well are much greater.