Smoke detectors are the first line of defense against deadly fire. Having a working smoke detector in your home reduces your risk of dying in a fire by nearly 50%. In a fire, every second is needed to get out safely. Early warning from a smoke detector can make the difference between surviving a fire and dying in one. Smoke Alarm Tips (PDF)
Check out these tips for installing your smoke detectors correctly below:
Install smoke detectors listed by a qualified testing laboratory on every level of your home, including the basement. Make sure there is a detector in or near every sleeping area.
Mount smoke detectors high on ceilings or walls. Remember that smoke rises therefore ceiling-mounted detectors should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted detectors should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling. If you have questions, contact your local fire department.
Don't install smoke detectors near windows, outside doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere wither their operation.
Don't paint your smoke detectors; paint or other decorations could effect their operation.
Keep Alarms Working Properly
Find important information and tips for keeping your smoke detectors working properly below:
Test your smoke detectors at least once a month by using the detectors' test button.
Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors regularly, or as soon as it chirps, warning that the battery is low (Reminder: "Change your clocks, change your batteries!").
Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke detectors and following manufacturer instructions can help keep them working properly.
Replace your smoke detectors every 10 years.
Never borrow a battery from a smoke detector.
Make sure that everyone in your home can hear and recognize the alarm sound your detector(s) makes and how to react immediately.