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


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


Clean your alarms periodically. This ensures that smoke or CO can reach the alarms sensing chamber. This can be done by using your household vacuum’s soft brush attachment or a can of clean compressed air.

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