Smoke Alarm Safety

Smoke alarms save lives

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.

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.

 

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