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Fires comes from any number of sources. Smoking is the most common cause of residential fires, and many of them start in the bedroom. Faulty wiring, unsupervised children and improper use of space heaters are among other causes for residential fires.  
Smoke Alarms
A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Smoke alarm powered by a 9-volt battery
  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the batteries at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.
Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery
  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Since you cannot replace the lithium battery, the entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system
  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • The backup battery should be replaced at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.
If a smoke alarm sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam, do not remove the battery. You should:
  • Open a window or door and press the “hush” button
  • Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air
  • Move the entire alarm several feet away from the location.
Mistake to Avoid
  • Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake.

Last updated: 1/18/2012 8:56:13 AM