Smoke from fire kills. Most fire victims typically die from smoke inhalation before the flames ever reach them. Most tragic home fires occur between 2 AM and 6 AM when you are sleeping. Many people believe they will wake up if there is a fire in their home; unfortunately this is false the toxic gasses produced by a fire actually put people into a deeper sleep.
How Many Smoke Detectors?
The National Fire Protection Association and the Ark City Fire Department suggest installing smoke detectors:
- On each level of your home
- in every bedroom
- in corridors and hallways outside your bedrooms
- above stairwells
Where Should Smoke Detectors Be Installed?
For best performance, follow these installation guidelines.
- Mount smoke detectors in the middle of the ceiling if possible. If not, mount them on the wall at least three feet from any corner, six inches from the ceiling.
- Do not install smoke alarms where drafts from fans or air ducts could blow smoke away from the alarm's sensor.
- To avoid "nuisance alarms" keep smoke detectors at least ten feet from stoves and showers.
Caring For Your Smoke Detectors is Simple.
The main reason for smoke detectors not working is dead or missing batteries.
- Test your smoke detectors every week.
- Replace the batteries annually.
- Vacuum the outside cover regularly to remove dust.