Incidents 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Smoke Alarms

Location

You should install smoke alarms on every floor of your home, especially outside of sleeping areas. Smoke rises, so it’s best to install alarms on the ceiling. Otherwise, install it as high up on the wall as possible. Avoid putting alarms too close to bathrooms, heating and cooking appliances.

Testing

You need to check smoke detectors monthly by pressing the “test” button to make sure they still work. If they don’t work change the battery and test again. Still not working? It may be time to replace your alarm. Replace according to manufacturers suggestions. 

Batteries

Change batteries at least once a year, or whenever the low-battery warning goes off. Don’t take the batteries out of your detector to use elsewhere. Should a fire occur, without that alarm, you and your family may not have enough time to escape.