Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Working smoke alarms provide you and your family members with an early warning in the event of a fire.
There are different types of smoke alarms. There are smoke alarms that are wired into your home, and there are battery powered alarms. Wired smoke alarms are good, but they can also become unreliable in the event of a power failure. Be sure to install battery powered smoke alarms even if you have wired.
- How how many alarms do I need and where should I install them?
Smoke alarms should be installed in every hallway or floor, and in every bedroom of your home.When installing smoke alarms make sure to keep them away from things such as windows or ceiling fans. They will draw smoke away from your alarms sensor.
- Do I have to maintain my smoke alarm?
Test alarms monthly. Batteries should be changed every 6 months… A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries in your smoke alarm(s) when you change your clocks for daylight savings. Smoke alarms should also be replaced entirely every 5 years.
- What do I do if my smoke alarm goes off?
In the event your smoke alarm goes off because there is smoke in your home, make sure that all of your family members are safe and then follow your home escape plan. Call 911!
You can download a Residential Smoke Alarm Installation Program application here.
For more information on smoke alarms visit NFPA.org’s Smoke Alarm Section.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also product dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
- Place alarms closer to the ceiling, as carbon monoxide is lighter than air.
- CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each seperate sleeping area.
- Test CO alarms at least once a month, and replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- CO alarms should be either ULC or CSA approved.
- Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: severe headache, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea, or faintness. Many of these symptoms are similar to the flu, food poisoning or other illnesses.
For more information on carbon monoxide alarms visit NFPA.org’s Carbon Monoxide Safety Section.