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