Install Smoke Detectors Protect You and Your Family From Fire:
- When purchasing smoke detectors it is important to be sure that the detector has both ionization and photoelectric sensors.
- Note: If you have any fossil fuel burning appliances such as a gas furnace, a wood burning fireplace, or if you have an attached garage, be sure to get detectors with carbon monoxide sensors as well.
- Smoke detectors should be installed in every bedroom, in the hall outside of the bedrooms and one on each floor.
- All Detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
- Always follow manufacturer instructions when installing detectors
- Maintain your smoke detector.
- Develop and rehearse an escape plan so when your detector sounds, family members react appropriately.
When shopping for a smoke detector, consider these suggestions:
- Look for a laboratory seal of approval or a statement on the package or unit itself. A seal of approval indicates that the detector has been tested and certified by a recognized testing organization. Such a seal ensures that the unit meets certain standards of operation and sensitivity. The seal from Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) is a common seal.
- Be certain that the detector has clear and detailed instructions that tell you how to install it, suggest where to place it, and provide directions for testing and maintenance.
- Be sure to check what type of detector and what kind of sensor it has.
- Depending on the situation, you may want to purchase a “wired” detector, or a “WIFI” detector that sends a radio signal to other detectors and sets them off in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide event.