A smoke alarm is your first line of defence if there is a fire in your home. Fire fatalities occur as a result of breathing in smoke and toxic gases, not from the fire itself. Early detection is vital for survival.
Install alarms throughout your home. Remember that smoke rises: place them on the ceiling or high up on a wall. When installing, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You should also consider adding interconnected smoke alarms. That way, if one smoke alarm goes off, they all do, helping to keep everyone safe.
Seventy percent of people who die in home fires don't have smoke alarms or their smoke alarms aren't working.
Be sure the smoke alarm bears the label of an independent testing lab and test the batteries regularly.
How to Maintain a Smoke Alarm
- Test monthly
- Replace batteries annually
- Vacuum out every 6 months
- Replace alarm when it is more than 10 years old
Home Smoke Alarm Safety Checklist
- How many alarms are in your home?
- Are there alarms on every level of the home?
- Do they all work?
- How often do you test them?
- Are any alarms more than ten years old?