When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home as roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms!
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- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one alarm sounds, they all do.
- Test all smoke alarms once a month. Press the “Test” button to be sure the alarm is working.
- A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
- 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.