It’s good practice to check your smoke alarms with the change of each season. As the weather cools down, more lights are on for longer periods of time, and more heat sources are active. Ensure your family’s safety with these tips that can help protect you through the winter.
Smoke Alarm Safety Check List
- Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home and in the basement.
- It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms.
- A smoke alarm should be mounted on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
- People who are hearing impaired can use special alarms featuring strobe lights and bed shakers.
- Replace all smoke alarms after 10 years.
- Check your fire extinguishers. Buy them if you don’t have any. Know how to use them!
- Make a fire escape safety plan and review it with your family. If you already have one, review it at your next family meeting.
- Have safety ladders for upstairs bedrooms.
- Keep your dryer lint catcher clean.
- Unplug electrical items when not in use.
- Unplug electrical items when you leave the house.
- Don’t smoke near the house and always make sure any butts are completely out.