The Virginia Beach Fire Department reports that a working smoke alarm in the house on Calm Wood Place, off Holland Road near Nimmo Parkway, was a factor in alerting the occupant home at the time of the recent fire.
Studies show that the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half where working smoke alarms are present.
Test your smoke alarm at least once a month to make sure it is working, especially if the unit runs solely on batteries.
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Photo courtesy of the Virginia Beach Fire Department.