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 home fire. Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a developing fire and they 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.
Smoke alarms are either solely powered by a battery or are hardwired into your home’s electrical system with a battery back up. Batteries need to be replaced every year in accordance with manufacturer’s guidance. Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they are functioning.
Smoke alarms have a limited lifespan and must be replaced every 5-10 years, depending on the model. Check the manufacturers guidelines.
Click the picture for Medford Fire's smoke alarm brochure.