There are thousands of home fires in the U.S. every year, which result in roughly 3,000 deaths annually.
Almost half of these deaths resulted from fires that were reported between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., the time period in which most people sleep.
Smoke Alarm Basics
- Install at least one smoke alarm in every bedroom
- Install additional smoke alarms in hallways and common areas in the vicinity of bedrooms
- Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
- Make sure the smoke alarms within your home are interconnected so the activation of one alarm will activate all alarms within the home
- Try to use smoke alarms powered by the building electrical system, which have a battery for backup power … However, if this type of smoke alarm is not available, battery-powered units are certainly better than not having smoke alarms
Smoke Alarm Installation
- Install smoke alarms on ceilings wheNever possible
- Locate any smoke alarms installed on walls at least four inches below the ceiling
- Locate any smoke alarms installed on walls no more than 12 inches below the ceiling
- Do not install smoke alarms in the corners of rooms
- Do not install smoke alarms next to air-conditioning vents, heating vents, or ceiling fans, to ensure proper functioning of the unit
- Do not install smoke alarms in kitchens or bathrooms, to prevent false alarms
Smoke Alarm Maintenance
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month, by pressing the button on the alarm that allows you to test the unit
- Replace smoke alarm batteries every six months
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years
Smoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level.
Smoke alarms should be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection.
• Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working.