Be Smart About Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are a key part of your home fire-escape plan. These safety tips can help protect your family: 

  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home and in the basement.

  • 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.

  • A smoke alarm should be mounted 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 from the stove.

  • People who are hearing impaired can use special alarms featuring strobe lights and bed shakers.

  • Replace all smoke alarms after 10 years.