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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Smoke Alarm Safety

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The Irving Fire Department wants everyone to remember that SMOKE ALARMS save lives--install and maintain them. ***According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.***

Please keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Place smoke alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button and replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least twice a year when changing your clock for daylight savings.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are ten years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
  • Do not disable your smoke alarm if it alarms due to cooking or other non-fire causes. Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake. Instead you should:
    1. Open a window or door and press the "hush" button.
    2. Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air.
    3. Move the entire alarm several feet away from the kitchen or bathroom.

Printable Smoke Alarm Safety Sheet
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