» Clean alarms following the
» Install alarms at least 10–15 feet
from the kitchen range.
» Use photoelectric alarms near
or in the kitchen. They are less
sensitive to cooking activity.
» Choose an alarm that has
a silencing feature so that
» Buy them!
nuisance alarms can be stopped
» Use them! quickly and easily.
» Take care of them! » Install alarms away from
Your life may Know How to Escape:
» Plan your escape route, and
depend on it! practice leaving your home
during the day and night.
» Assist those who need help.
» Adjust your escape plan, if
» Select one place outside where
family members should meet.
Report a product hazard or a product-related injury
at www.SaferProducts.gov, or call CPSC’s toll-free » NEVER re-enter the home
hotline at (800) 638-2772. A teletypewriter for the once outside.
A publication of the U.S. Consumer deaf is available at (301) 595-7054.
Product Safety Commission
Publication 557 RV 092011
Only Working Smoke Alarms Can Warn You in Time!
What Types of Smoke available that allows smoke alarms to be
Alarms to Install? interconnected without using wires.
Homeowners cannot predict what » Smoke alarms powered by house
type of fire might start in a home. wiring should have battery back-up
Follow these guidelines to protect because during a power outage, smoke smoke
your family: alarms with batteries will still provide (detector)
» IF YOU DON’T HAVE SMOKE
ALARMS IN YOUR HOME, living room
Where to Install
GET THEM AND INSTALL THEM.
» Install both ionization- and
» in each bedroom, Basement
alarms because ionization and » on each level in the home, and MULTISTORY
photoelectric alarms are better at » outside sleeping areas.
detecting distinctly different yet Take Care of Them:
potentially fatal fires.
» Test each alarm monthly by
Ionization detectors respond quickly to kitchen living room
pushing the test button.
flaming fires; photoelectric detectors
respond quicker to smoldering fires.
room » Replace batteries once
smoke alarm hallway a year, or sooner, when
There are combination smoke alarms dining (detector)
room they make a
that use both technologies. bed- “chirping” sound.
» Install interconnected smoke alarms
» Replace alarms every
because when one sounds, they all SINGLE LEVEL 10 years, or follow the
sound throughout the home. manufacturer’s replacement
Interconnected smoke alarms are instructions.
typically connected using a wire,
but newer wireless technology is