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Smoke Alarm Safety at Home

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Smoke Alarm Safety

smoke alarm safetySafety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home including the basement.

  • Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protections.

  • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.

  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms (also known as duel sensor alarms) are recommended.

  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance.

  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are at least 10 years old.


  • Roughly two-thirds of home fore deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

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