Studies have shown that most home fire deaths happen during the
overnight hours between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am – when many people are
sleeping. A smoke detector can save your life by waking you and
giving you time to escape.
Smoke detectors come in a wide variety of models and price ranges.
From simple, inexpensive battery-powered units to multi-powered
units that not only sound an alarm, but also call alarm agencies or
emergency services – all smoke detectors are designed to do one
thing – alert you to the presence of smoke in your home.
When purchasing a smoke alarm, look for one that is accepted by an
independent testing facility such as Underwriters Laboratories.
The Pine Mountain Fire Department recommends the following:
• A smoke detector being installed on every level of your home.
• A smoke detector be installed outside every bedroom.
• Smoke detectors can be installed on the ceiling or on the wall. If
it is installed on the wall, it should be 6 to 12 inches below the
ceiling and away from air vents.
• Check the smoke detector batteries once a month by pressing the
test button and replace the batteries when you change the time on
your clocks in the spring and fall.
• Vacuum around the front and sides of the smoke detector
periodically to keep it dust-free.
If you have a hard-wired smoke detector, make sure it has a battery
back-up feature. If it does not, please give serious consideration
to purchasing inexpensive battery-powered smoke detectors as they
continue working during power outages.
Experts advise against installing a smoke detector in or near the
kitchen as they are subject to sounding false alarms caused by