Fire safety month is a great time to review smoke alarm safety tips. Smoke alarms are one of those things that we tend to forget about, but they’re a very important piece of safety equipment in your home.
Here are some safety tips to keep you and your family safe all year long.
Install smoke alarms inside and outside of each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.
Large homes need extra smoke alarms.
It’s best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one goes off they all go off.
Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to insure the alarm is working.
A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. An alarm should be at least 10 feet way from the stove.
People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and/or bed shakers.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are ten years old.
Smoke alarms are an important part of your home fire escape plan.
If a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly, get low and go. Remember to know two ways out of every room, get yourself out quickly, and go to your outside meeting place with your family. Once you are safe outside, call 9-1-1
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