• Smoke alarms should be installed inside every
bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level. Smoke alarms should
be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level
• Roughly 2 out of 3 fire deaths
happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working.
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.
• Install smoke alarms inside and outside each
bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every
level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
• Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms.
When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
• Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press
the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
• There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke
alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires.
Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about
smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of
alarms in the home.
• 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.
•People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use
special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and
•Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years
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