Test your smoke
alarms once a month, following the manufacturer's instructions.
Replace the batteries
in your smoke alarm once a year, or as soon as the alarm "chirps" warning that the battery is low. Hint: schedule battery
replacements for the same day you change your clocks from daylight savings time to standard time in the fall.
Never "borrow" a battery
from a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms can't warn you of fire if their batteries are missing or have been disconnected.
Don't disable smoke
alarms even temporarily. If your smoke alarm is sounding "nuisance alarms," try relocating it farther from kitchens or bathrooms,
where cooking fumes and steam can cause the alarm to sound.
or dusting your smoke alarms, following the manufacturer's instructions, can keep them working properly.
Smoke alarms don't
last forever. Replace yours once every 10 years. If you can't remember how old the alarm is, then it's probably time for a
Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing cannot depend on the sound of the
regular alarm to alert them to a fire.
smoke alarms with "long-life" (10-year) batteries.
Plan regular fire drills to ensure that everyone knows exactly
what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Hold a drill at night to make sure that sleeping family members awaken at the sound
of the alarm. Some studies have shown that some children may not awaken to the sound of the smoke alarm. Know what your child
will do before a fire occurs.
If you are building a new home
or remodeling your existing home, consider installing an automatic home fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers and smoke alarms
together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82 percent relative to having neither – a savings of thousands of lives