- Install a smoke detector on each level of your home.
- The detector should be centrally located between the bedrooms.
- Place smoke detectors in each bedroom.
- If you, or someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, consider installing an alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration and/or sound.
- Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.
- If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm near the ceiling's highest point.
- Don't install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
Test and Maintain
- Test detectors once a month.
- Most units should be vacuumed once a year to remove cobwebs and dust that may impair a detector's sensitivity.
- Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
- Smoke alarms don't last forever. Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.
Replace Batteries Semiannually
- Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery.
- Whenever your change your clocks to or from daylight saving time you should also change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
What to Do if Your Alarm Sounds
- Don't try to fight the fire yourself.
- Get out of the house as quickly as possible.
- Call 9-1-1 as soon as you are out of the house.
What to Do if Your Detector Makes a Chirping Sound
- A chirping sound usually indicates a low battery. Replace the battery.
The information provided is a guideline only. To install, test and clean detector, follow the manufacturers instructions.
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