Effective in the 2007 State Fire Code, all dwellings are required to have hardwired interoperable smoke detectors with battery, up on every level and installed inside and outside of sleeping areas on every level of the home.
Working smoke detectors increase the chance of surviving a fire by 50%. It is your most reliable method of being awaken during the night if a fire occurs.
Install the smoke detectors according to the manufacture’s recommendation.
Smoke detectors are designed to provide early detection of a fire and aren’t designed to extinguish the fire.
The detectors should be tested once a month by pressing the “test” button. Do not paint smoke detectors, place them in or by a cooking area, or close to an area that creates steam (like a bathroom) or in garage.
Change the detector batteries twice a year. The best time to change them is when you change your clocks during daylight saving time.
Replace the detectors if the following has occurred:
It fails to operate when the test button is activated and the power source is serviceable
The detector is painted, physically damaged or received water damage
Has been exposed to a fire or large accumulation of grease
Alarm frequently produces false alarms for no apparent reason
The smoke alarm has exceeded the manufacturer’s recommended service life or has been in service for over 10 years
Detectors need cleaning just like everything else. Periodically, lightly vacuum or blow low air pressure through the detector to clean out accumulated dust or insects. This should be done more frequently in dirtier environments.
Never borrow a smoke alarm battery for any reason. Have spare batteries on hand.
Remember to call 911 and report a fire from a safe location as soon as possible.