A majority of fires with fatalities occur during the night, when people are sleeping. People will often never wake, or wake after it is already too late. A working detector can sound the alarm to alert you when it detects smoke.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and near every sleeping area. Because smoke will rise it is recommended that you place your detector on the ceiling when possible. Try to avoid placing your detector near heating vents, cooking areas, and bathroom and ceiling fans.
Test Your Detector
Test your detector monthly, replacing your battery if it doesn’t sound. If your detector still doesn’t sound with a new battery, replace the detector! A good habit is to change your batteries in the spring and fall when you set your clocks ahead and back. If your detector starts to beep intermittently immediately change your battery.
Cleaning Your Detector
Vacuum or dust your detector at least every six months. Do not use cleaning products like ammonia or bleach. Never get the inside of the detector wet.
Final Safety Note
Always remember - if an emergency should occur dial 9-1-1 as soon as you have safely removed yourself from the situation.