Smoke Detector

Everyone knows the importance of smoke detectors, but that’s the extent of their knowledge for most people.

  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • 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. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • 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. 
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to many 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. 
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.