Smoke Alarms

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 Smoke alarms more than double a person’s chance of surviving a fire.

Home Fire Safety Starts with YOU!

Why should my home have smoke alarms?

  • Most fire deaths are caused by smoke – not flames
  • Most fire deaths and injuries occur between midnight and 8 a.m. when families are asleep
  • Seconds count! You only have minutes to escape a house fire
  • The earlier a smoke alarm alerts you to a fire, the more likely you will get out alive

Where do I install smoke alarms?

  • On each level of your home
  • Outside each sleeping area
  • Inside each bedroom

How do I keep my smoke alarm working?

  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Vacuum smoke alarms regularly to remove dust and cobwebs
  • Never disconnect or remove smoke alarm batteries for other uses
  • For smoke alarms that are ionization powered with 10 year batteries – replace the entire unit every 8-10 years
  • For smoke alarms that are photoelectric and combination – replace the batteries at least once per year, and replace the entire unit every 8-10 years
  • For smoke alarms that are hard-wired with battery backup – replace batteries at least once per year, and replace the entire unit every 8-10 years

What if I have a false alarm?

  • Do not disable smoke alarms activated by cooking or other non-fire causes
  • Use the smoke alarm’s hush feature, if available
  • Open windows and doors to clear smoke from your home

Other safety messages

  • Have a fire escape plan; teach the kids; and, practice, practice, practice. Utilize good home fire safety practices, such as heater safety, cooking safety, electrical safety, etc.

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