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Smoke Detectors

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  • Smoke Detectors are the easiest, most cost-efficient way to alert your family of a developing fire. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%, and that’s important, because nationwide, a home fire starts every 83 seconds. 
  • Remember – Smoke Detectors provide an early warning to the occupants. The faster you are alerted about a fire, the faster you can start getting your family out. 
  • Before you choose your smoke alarms, consider how many you need, where you should install them, when to replace them and what unique features different smoke alarms have.


  • Buy an approved smoke detector. Look for the UL or FM Label.
  • Install a smoke detector inside each bedroom and in the main corridor outside of each bedroom area.
  • Install a minimum of one smoke detector on each additional level of the house and one above any stairwell.
  • Interconnect the smoke detectors so if one goes off, they all go off.
  • Keep smoke detectors away from drafts created by fans or air ducts and away from the kitchen stove and bathroom.
  • Test each smoke detector weekly (with the test button).
  • Replace the batteries once per year.

Source: National Fire Protection Association – First Alert Home Fire Detection Facts


  • Test them weekly.
  • Replace the batteries once per year.
  • Replace the smoke alarm before it is 10 years old.