Smoke alarms are inexpensive to install and maintain and they could save your life or the life of someone you care for. Install smoke alarms in each sleeping room and at least one on every level of your home. Since smoke rises, install them on the ceiling or on the wall, 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling. In rooms with pitched ceilings, mount the detector at or near the ceiling’s highest point. Do not install a smoke detector too close to a window, door or forced air register where drafts could interfere with the unit’s operation.
Maintain your smoke alarms to ensure they are working by checking each one on the first day of the month. Replace the battery once each year.
Develop and practice a home escape plan with two ways out of every room. If your detector sounds an alarm, get out of the house quickly and stay out. By knowing what your smoke alarms sound like, your family will be able to react quickly in case of fire. Rally at your family’s designated meeting place. Call 911 from a neighbor’s house.