Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.
Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Here's what you need to know!
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Test your smoke alarms every month.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
More about staying safe with smoke alarms.
In this Dan Doofus video, NFPA is reminding you to make sure you have enough smoke alarms in your home, test them monthly and replace them every 10 years.See all of NFPA's smoke alarm videos.
Smoke alarms by the numbers
- In 2007-2011, smoke alarms sounded in half of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
- Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (37%) of the home fire deaths.
Source: NFPA's "Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires" report, (March 2014)
- Safety messages about smoke alarms What you need to know about smoke alarms.
- Reports and statistics about smoke alarms Free NFPA research and statistical resources on smoke alarms
- For fire and life safety educators Free educational resources about smoke alarms for teachers and families
- Smoke alarm videos NFPA videos to help you learn about the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms.
- Installing and maintaining smoke alarms Where to place your smoke alarms and how to keep them working.
- Ionization vs photoelectric NFPA recommends using both technologies in the home.
- Additional reading about smoke alarms Articles from NFPA Journal and other online content about smoke alarms
- About NFPA 72 NFPA's National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
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