Smoke Alarms

How would you know if your home was on fire? What would happen if you were sleeping? You may not see fire, smell smoke, or wake up in time to get out safely. Smoke alarms can help.

Smoke Alarms Defined

Smoke alarms are tools that can tell if there is smoke in the air. They work even if you can't smell smoke. A smoke alarm looks like a small dish or dinner plate on the ceiling of your home. A smoke alarm makes a very loud beeping noise to warn you that a fire has started. When you hear the loud noise, follow your home escape plan and get out fast.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

Children can help make their homes safer from fire by helping grown-ups remember to:

  • Put smoke alarms in your home, especially near bedrooms.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure they are working, and so you'll know what it sounds like when it goes off.
  • Replace old batteries with new ones at least once a year.
  • Keep smoke alarms clean from dust. You can clean away the dust by running the vacuum cleaner attachment over and around them.