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Smoke Detectors

 Weekly Tip: Check Smoke Detector Alarm Batteries

Smoke Detectors

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke detectors.

Take a few minutes to ensure your alarms will sound in an emergency.

  • Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near bedrooms, and make sure smoke alarms are near all sleeping rooms. Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home.
  • Choose smoke detectors that communicate with each other, so that if one alarm sounds they all will.
  • Check or change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year.
  • Test smoke detectors monthly.
  • For smoke alarms that use regular alkaline batteries, replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • For smoke alarms that use lithium (long-life) batteries, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Make and practice an escape plan in the event of a fire or emergency.

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