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Seven Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

smokealarmThe fire death rate in homes with working smoke alarms is over 50% lower than those with working smoke alarms. The U.S. Fire Administration and the American Red Cross recommend these simple safety steps:

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
  2. Test alarms monthly.
  3. Replace batteries annually or any time you hear a cricket-like ‘chirping.’
  4. Clean smoke alarms so they are dust and debris free by vacuuming over and around them.
  5. Install smoke alarms away from windows, doors or ducts that could interfere with operation.
  6. Practice a family home fire escape plan.
  7. Alarms wear out. Replace them every 10 years.