Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms save lives . . .

  • Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.
  • Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast. You need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Use this simple smoke alarm checklist to make sure you’re protected:

2 Minimum: 1 per floor.

Recommended: 1 per floor  + 1 per bedroom

2 Located correctly.

Location: on the wall or ceiling (see manufacturer’s recommendations).

2 Fresh batteries.

Change the batteries every year when you turn the clocks back in the fall.

Remember: “Change the clocks, change the batteries.”

2  Battery backup.

If your smoke alarms are hardwired, make sure they have battery backup.

2  Tested.

Perform a function test with someone placed as far as possible from the smoke alarm.

Push the test button until the alarm starts.

Have the remote person verify that the alarm can be heard clearly and loud enough to awaken people from a deep sleep.

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