Defective products cause accidental fires, burns and electrical injuries. In cases of fire, a defective smoke alarm system can make things even worse. A small, smoldering fire can produce enough smoke to trigger an alarm, but only if the detector is functioning, and only if the detector was installed in the proper location. Depending on the size of your property, its design, and the location of the fire, a timely alert from a smoke alarm can provide you and your family with minutes of available escape time. Severe injuries can result in situations where the alarm fails to sound or where the alarm sounded too late, making a safe escape impossible.