Smoke alarms are essential because they provide an early warning of a fire developing in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. Deadly smoke can fill your home in a matter of minutes. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Properly placed and maintained smoke alarms increase your chances of surviving a fire by 50%. Smoke alarms are intended to warn you whether you are awake or asleep.
It is recommended you have a smoke alarm on every level of the home, in the immediate area outside of the sleeping rooms, and in every bedroom. If you discover your child will not wake to a traditional sounding alarm, consider installing a personalized parent voice alarm.
Smoke alarms are powered by either a battery or are hardwired into your home’s electrical system. Hardwired smoke alarms are usually equipped with a backup battery. If your smoke alarm is powered by battery, the battery needs to be replaced annually unless it is a long-life battery (check the owner’s manual). All batteries should be maintained and replaced in accordance with manufacturer’s guidance. Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are functioning.
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