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Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Published on Jun 3, 2021

When a house fire begins, every second that passes is crucial for survival.

Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms can save lives and prevent injuries by providing ample warning to significant danger. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Here's a few tips to help you outfit your home properly with smoke alarms:

  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside;
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area;
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound;
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms;
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working;
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years;
  • Today's smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms;
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined;
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on the wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove; and
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.