The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) notes that the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
- Install a smoke alarm on every floor of your home, even the basement.
- Install a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area. Ideally, install smoke alarms in every sleeping area, too.
- Check batteries monthly. Replace them at least once a year.
- Replace smoke alarms after 10 years.
Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, but you don’t need to wait until then to find out more useful information from the USFA.