Smoke alarms save lives
If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Smoke Alarm Safety Tips
- Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.