According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 1,450 fire deaths occur every year in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarms.
2/3 fire deaths occur in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarms
Install Smoke Alarms In:
- Every bedroom
- Outside each sleeping area
- On every level of your home, including basement
- On levels without bedrooms: install in living room, den, or family room
- Install near stairways leading to upper levels
- Install smoke alarms 10 feet from cooking appliances to minimize false alarms
- Use interconnected smoke alarms for additional safety and early warning and consider alarms with a 10-year life span vs. older battery powered models.
- Low pitch sound, and vibration smoke alarms are available for those who are hard of hearing
- Do not install near windows, doors, or ducts
- Never paint smoke alarms
- Test smoke alarms monthly
- Change smoke alarm batteries yearly
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years