Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms.
Where to Install Alarms
Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.
Install alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
Testing & Replacing Alarms
Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.
People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.