Do Kids Really Sleep Through Smoke Detector Alarms?
from the haven't-heard-that-before dept
In my experience, smoke detector alarms tend to be loud and incredibly annoying. I can't imagine anyone ever sleeping through one going off (and I've had more than enough wake me up from deep slumber -- too often in need of a battery replacement). However, according to some researchers, kids don't seem all that likely to wake up from smoke alarms. So, they ran an experiment that found that kids were much more likely to wake up if the alarm was a parent's voice urging them to get up, rather than the typical screeching/beeping/blaring noise of your typical smoke detector alarm. They even claim that, in the tests, they used a smoke detector that was much louder than those available on the market today -- which are pretty damn loud. Yet, 10 out of 24 kids in the test (42%) apparently slept right through it. Only one child slept through the "parent alarm" version. While there may be some benefit to having a parent's voice guide young children after an alarm goes off, it still seems hard to believe that so many children wouldn't wake up with an alarm blaring in their ears in the middle of the night. Update: Ok. As folks in the comments indicate, it's apparently quite common to sleep through smoke alarms. My own experiences have been quite different, but apparently plenty of kids will sleep through incredibly noisy alarms.