Smoke alarms can save lives when properly installed and maintained.
- In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement.
- Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.
- Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years.
- Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years.
- If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately.
- Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm.
- Many fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries.
- If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department or a licensed electrician.
- Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.
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