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 in the home.
Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area and make sure everyone in the home knows what to do if the alarm sounds.
Install alarms on every level of the home. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms when one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
A smoke alarm should be 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 hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms equipped with strobe lights and bed shakers.
Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years, and test the batteries once a month.
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