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Smoke Alarms at Home

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.


SAFTEY TIPS

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and 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.

  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.

  • Today's smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms.

  • 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 bed shakers.

  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

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