January 26, 2019
Smoke Alarms – What you Need to Know
Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in preventing fire deaths and injuries.
- Unfortunately, 60% of home fire deaths happen in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- Smoke spreads very quickly and smoke alarms give you early warning and time to get out.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement, outside of sleeping areas and inside each bedroom.
- If you have an older home, you should consider adding smoke alarms so all of these areas are covered.
- Alarms should be installed on the ceiling or high on a wall, away from any windows, ventilation or ceiling fans.
There are Two Kinds of Smoke Alarms
- Ionization alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires and are usually installed in living and sleeping areas.
- Photoelectric alarms are better at detecting smoldering fires and are best used near the kitchen.
- For best protection, you should use both types in your home, or install dual-sensor alarms that use both technologies.
- If possible, use hard wired or wirelessly interconnected smoke alarms, so that when one goes off, they all sound.
To Ensure your Smoke Alarm will Work when you Need Them
- Test all smoke alarms monthly.
- Replace the batteries at least once a year. It’s a good idea to change the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Check the ‘Replacement Date’ sticker on the side of the alarm.
Home Escape Plan
- Plan ahead and make a home escape plan for your home, ensuring every room has two ways out and everyone knows where the outside meeting place is.
- Practice your escape plan twice a year, using different ways to get out of the house.
If a Smoke Alarm Sounds
- Get Out and Stay Out.
- Crawl low to stay under the smoke and find your way out.
- Call 9-1-1 from Outside your home.