Home Smoke Alarms
Messages from the US Fire Administration.
-Choose interconnected smoke alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.
-Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Put alarms on every level of the home.
-Make sure your smoke alarms work. Your family is not safe if they can't hear the smoke alarms.
-Test smoke alarms every month and replace 9-volt smoke alarm batteries at least once every year.
-Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new smoke alarms every 10 years.
-When you hear a smoke alarm, you may have less than 2 minutes to get everyone outside and safe.
Where do I put smoke alarms in my home?
What kind of smoke alarms should I buy?
- Mounting Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors should be mounted high on the wall or ceiling. If mounted on the wall, position the top of the detector 4 to 12 inches away from the nearest wall and within 3 feet of the door inside the bedroom. If mounted on the ceiling, position detectors at least 4 inches away from the nearest wall and within 3 feet of the door inside the bedroom. If mounted in open stairways, position the detector anywhere along the path smoke would travel up the stairs. If mounted in closed stairways, position the detector at the bottom of the stairway. Do NOT mount a detector near a window, outside door or forced-air register.
- Maintaining Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors should be tested monthly for proper operation. It is recommended that you install new batteries when the clocks are set back in the fall and ahead in the spring. Replace any detector that is more than ten years old.