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Smoke Alarms

Most home fire deaths happen between 10 o’clock at night and 6 in the morning. Many victims die because of smoke and toxic gases, not the fire itself.

The Best Place For Your Smoke Alarms

  • On every level of your home, including the basement and workshop
  • Outside every bedroom
  • On the ceiling or 6 to 12 inches below the ceiling on the wall
  • Keep them away from air vents

Testing

  • Test the alarm batteries once a month
  • Press the test button with your finger
  • Replace the batteries once a year

Maintenance

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Preventing Nuisance Alarms

  • Move the alarm away from the kitchen or bathroom
  • Get a different type of smoke alarm, like a photoelectric that’s less sensitive to ommon causes of false alarms
  • Choose a smoke alarm that has a silencing feature, so nuisance alarms can be topped quickly and easily