SMOKE ALARMS IN THE 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.
- 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