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Smoke Alarms

Here's what you need to know!

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
Test your smoke alarms every month.
When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years


Smoke alarms by the numbers

In 2012-2016, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
Almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no working smoke alarms (17%).
No smoke alarms were present in two out of every five (40%) home fire deaths.  
The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (12.3 deaths vs. 5.7 deaths per 1,000 fires).
In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, more than two of every five (43%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries. 
Dead batteries caused one-quarter (25%) of the smoke alarm failures.