Smoke Alarm Safety

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

If you need help installing, testing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact the Trophy Club Fire Department @ 682.237.2940.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • 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.
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology, including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • 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 (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Smoke Alarms at Home Opens in new windowFACTS

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. 
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level. Smoke alarms should be connected so that when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection. 
  • Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

CLICK HERE for official information from the National Fire Protection Association.