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Two-thirds of all fires involving fatalities happen in homes between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Three-fifths of America's home fire fatalities occur in homes without smoke detectors.
A Smoke Detector Can't Save Your Life if it's Not Working
- Dead, missing, or disconnected batteries are the principle cause of non-working detectors.
- Test once a month (replace any battery too weak to sound alarm).
- Heed the warning, when the detector chirps the battery is low.
- Replace batteries once per year on the same date (your birthday).
Dealing With False Alarms
Nothing lasts forever, after 10 years replace it.
- Do not disconnect the detector; RELOCATE IT.
- If false alarms persist, replace the detector (change the type).
Installing Smoke Detectors
There are basically two types. Any approved type will work fine.
- Ionization (the most common)
How many do I need?
- Outside each sleeping area and on each level, including the basement.
- For hearing impaired you can obtain detectors with flashing lights.
How do I install my detectors?
Read the directions that come with the detector.
Where do I install my detectors?
- Wall mounted units should be installed with the top 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling.
- Ceiling mounted units at least 4 inches from the nearest wall.
- Do not mount near registers, doors, windows or ceiling fans.