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All seasoned fire fighters have heard the explanation, "The smoke alarm woke me up. I was able to wake the rest of the family and get them out just ahead of the fire." A smoke alarm is the best early fire detection device available to the average homeowner. Here are some answers to questions commonly asked about smoke alarms.

How much does a smoke alarm cost?

A smoke alarm may be purchased at most retail stores for prices ranging from $5 to $20.

What kind of smoke alarm should I buy?

Smoke AlarmBoth battery-power and house current-powered smoke alarms do a good job. Make sure the one you choose has been tested by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

How many smoke alarms do I need?

There should be at least one smoke alarm on every floor of the house except attics, unless the attic space is used for sleeping. Additional alarms will increase the chance of early detection. McMaster & James

Where should I place an alarm?

Smoke alarms should be placed near bedrooms either on the ceiling - at least 6 to 12 inches away from the wall - or on the wall, 6 to 12 inches down from the ceiling. This allows the alarm to sense the smoke as it approaches the sleeping area.

How do I install a smoke alarm?

Battery operated smoke alarms can be attached directly to the ceiling or wall. Wired-in electric alarms are somewhat more difficult to install and may require an electrician.

BatteriesWhat maintenance do smoke alarms require?

Test the alarm at least monthly by pushing the test button. Vacuum the dust from alarm air vents. Battery operated alarms should have the battery replaced each year or when the low battery warning sounds. Select a memorable date such as a holiday or family birthday to remind you to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms at that time.

Is there anything else I should do with my smoke alarm?

Yes! Hold practice drills with your whole family so they will know what to do if your alarm ever alerts you of an emergency.




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