Young Children Too Sleepy to Hear Fire Alarm
Although 22 percent of the kids did wake up, "only half identified the noise as a smoke alarm." So out of the 20 light sleepers, only half of them know what that warbling beep means. It gets worse: "...only half of those children knew that smoke alarms mean Get Out Now."
We thought fire safety was one of the three pillars of early education: learning all four seasons, your address, and what the primary colors are! C'mon preschool teachers, step your collective game up!
Another surprising fact is this:
Younger kids between the ages of 5 and 10 made up 70 percent of the study participants; they were likeliest to sleep through the alarm. Just over half of 11- to 15-year-olds, or 56 percent, slept through the din, but 87 percent of the younger group did.
You would think that the 11- to 15-year-olds (who are going through their pre-teen-angsty-phase) would say "that fire alarm is so not even cool anymore, I'm going back to bed mom...god, she never understands me!" But luckily, they realize their safety is more important than their beauty sleep.