Smoke alarms are one of the first lines of defense against a fire. An effectively placed and properly working alarm can alert you and your family to danger 24-hours-a-day and allow for a safe escape before a situation escalates into a full-blown fire emergency.
How Should You Set Up Smoke Alarms In A Home?
- At least one smoke alarm should be installed on every floor of your home. This way, no matter where a fire starts there's a better chance it will be detected.
- A smoke alarm should also be placed just inside or outside the door of every bedroom so someone sleeping can quickly be alerted to any danger.
- Make sure your smoke alarm has a battery back-up power source. While many types of alarms can be wired into your home's main electrical supply, a battery will keep them active during a power outage.
- Interconnecting smoke alarms are the most effective way to notify a household of a fire. Using this type of system, if any one smoke alarm goes off, all of the other ones will automatically sound as well.
How Should Your Maintain Smoke Alarms?
- Be sure to test all your home's smoke alarms at least once a month to make sure they still work properly.
- Replace the batteries in all of your home's smoke alarms at least once a year.
- Replace your smoke alarm if any part of it is defective.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every decade, even if you think it's working properly.