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Almost two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarm. Protect your family by installing smoke alarms, inspecting them regularly, and practicing home fire drills.

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  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
  • Smoke goes up. Install smoke alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall.
  • Use interconnected smoke alarms. When one alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Replace smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Special alarms with strobe lights or bed shakers are available for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing


  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Change 9-volt smoke alarm batteries twice a year. Smoke alarms with long-life batteries work for up to 10 years, so they never need changing.
  • Change the battery right away if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.


  • Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it.
  • Draw a home escape plan that shows two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place.
  • Practice home fire drills at least twice a year.
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