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Am J Public Health. 1999 Jul;89(7):1112-4.

Estimating the proportion of homes with functioning smoke alarms: a comparison of telephone survey and household survey results.

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Oklahoma State Department of Health, Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study determined the proportion of homes with functioning smoke alarms in a low-income area experiencing a high rate of residential fire-related injuries.

METHODS:

An on-site survey of households was conducted to confirm the results of a telephone survey.

RESULTS:

In the telephone survey, 71% of households reported having functioning smoke alarms. In the household survey, 66% of households reported having functioning alarms; however, when the alarms were tested, the percentage dropped to 49%.

CONCLUSIONS:

Telephone surveys may overestimate the presence of functioning smoke alarms in some populations. Thus, the use of telephone surveys to establish baseline measures could significantly affect the evaluation of smoke-alarm giveaway programs.

PMID:
10394329
PMCID:
PMC1508830
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