Hale Fire Protection District

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are essential safety devices that can help save lives in case of a fire.

Smoke is often the first sign of a fire, and a working smoke alarm can quickly alert people in the vicinity, providing them with invaluable time to evacuate or take other life-saving measures. Smoke alarms are particularly important at night when people are most vulnerable, as smoke can quickly fill a room, making it difficult to see and breathe. According to the National Fire Protection Association, having working smoke alarms can increase the chances of survival in a fire by up to 50%. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure that smoke alarms are installed in every home, and that they are regularly tested and maintained to ensure that they are in working condition.

Smoke alarms

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FAQs about Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarm Tips

    • Choose interconnected smoke alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound.
    • Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Put alarms on every level of the home.
    • Make sure your smoke alarms work. Your family is not safe if they can’t hear the smoke alarms.
    • Test smoke alarms every month and replace 9-volt smoke alarm batteries at least once every year.
    • Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new smoke alarms every 10 years.
    • When you hear a smoke alarm, you may have less than 2 minutes to get everyone outside and safe.
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