1 – Protect yourself and your family
Most fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Remember, only a working smoke alarm can save your life.
2 – Smoke alarms save lives
Most fatal fires occur at night when people are asleep. Often, victims never wake up. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound an alarm to alert you, giving you precious time to escape.
3 – Buying the best alarm
Different types of smoke alarms have different features. Some alarms you can connect alarms to the main power supply of your house, some you can power with batteries and some combine both electrically connected and battery-powered features. We highly recommend a pause feature to reduce nuisance alarms.
4 – One smoke alarm is not enough
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and near sleeping areas. If you or your loved ones close the bedroom doors while you’re sleeping, install an alarm inside each bedroom.
5 – Where to install smoke alarms
Because smoke rises, you should place alarms on the ceiling. If you cannot do this, place them high up on a wall, according to manufacturer's instructions. Avoid areas such as near bathrooms, heating appliances, windows or close to ceiling fans.
6 – Test your smoke alarm regularly
Every month, test your smoke alarms, using the alarm test button. Once a month, test your alarm by letting smoke from a smouldering cotton string activate the alarm. Follow your owner's manual.
7 – Change your clock, change your battery
Install a new battery of the proper type at least once a year. If the low-battery warning beeps, replace the battery immediately. We change our clocks each spring and fall, so that’s a good time to remind you to change your smoke alarm batteries too.
8 – Gently vacuum your alarm every six months
Dust can clog a smoke alarm, so carefully vacuum the inside of a battery-powered unit, using the soft bristle brush. If you’ve connected your alarm to the main power supply, shut the power off and vacuum the outside vents only. After you restore power, test the unit.
9 – Smoke alarms don't last forever
Smoke alarms do wear out, so, if you think your alarms are more than 10 years old, replace them with new ones.
10 – Plan your escape
Make sure that everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if a fire occurs. Regularly practice your home fire escape plan. Know two ways out of every room and arrange a meeting place outside your house, where everyone can gather if a fire occurs. Once you’re out, stay out and call 911 from a neighbour's home.