Tips: Installing/testing smoke alarms
safety tips can keep your whole family safer.
Tips for installing
your smoke alarms correctly:
Install smoke alarms
Listed (examined and tested to appropriate product safety standards) by a
qualified testing laboratory on every level of your home, including the
basement (but not unfinished attics). Make sure there is an alarm in or near
every sleeping area.
alarms should be installed at least four inches away
from the nearest wall.
- Mount the smoke
alarms high on ceilings or walls – 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
- Don't install smoke
alarms near windows, outside doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with
- Don't paint your
smoke alarms; paint or other decorations could keep them from working when you
most need it.
Tips for keeping your
smoke alarms working properly:
your smoke alarms at least once a month by using the
alarms' "test button."
Test your smoke
alarms at least once a month by using the alarms' "test button." Never
use an open-flame device to test the alarm as you could burn yourself or start a
fire. If the smoke alarm manufacturer's instructions permit the use of an
aerosol smoke product for testing the smoke alarm, only use one that has been
Listed by a third-party product testing agency, and utilize it in accordance
with the product instructions.
- Replace the
batteries in your smoke alarms once a year, or as soon as the alarm
"chirps," warning that the battery is low. Helpful
battery replacements for the same day you change your clock from daylight to
standard time in the fall.
vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarm following manufacturer's instructions
can help keep it working properly.
- Replace your smoke
alarms once every 10 years.
"borrow" a battery from a smoke alarm.
- Make sure that
everyone in your home can hear and recognize the sound of the alarm and
knows how to react immediately.
Thanks to: NFPA