Oct 16, 2014
Smoke alarm safety is very important. Having enough smoke alarms and keeping them in working condition are important fire safety steps you can take to save lives in your home. Alarms can alert you and your family to danger before the smoke and heat harm you.
Removing smoke alarm batteries to prevent nuisance alarms is a common practice, but it can be deadly. Missing, dead, or disconnected batteries are the most common cause of smoke alarm failures.
To ensure adequate protection, select models that are listed with Underwriters Laboratories (UL). If a family member may have trouble hearing an alarm, purchase one that uses flashing lights or vibrations to signal an emergency.
Remember: Smoke alarms can save lives only if they are properly installed and maintained.
Be sure everyone in the house is familiar with the sound of the smoke alarm and can hear it from the bedrooms. This is especially important because more than half of home fire deaths occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., when most people are sleeping and more likely to be overcome by smoke before they can escape.
Smoke alarm safety works in a fire only if the alarms are properly maintained: