Install smoke alarms
on every level of your home, including the
basement, making sure that there is an alarm
outside every separate sleeping area. New homes
are required to have a smoke alarm in every
sleeping room and all smoke alarms must be
Hard-wired smoke alarms
operate on your household electrical current.
They can be interconnected so that every alarm
sounds regardless of the fire's location. This
is an advantage in early warning, because it
gives occupants extra time to escape if they are
in one part of the home and a fire breaks out in
another part. Alarms that are hard-wired should
have battery backups in case of a power outage,
and should be installed by a qualified
If you sleep with bedroom
doors closed, have a qualified electrician
install interconnected smoke alarms in each room
so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound.
If you, or someone in
your home is deaf
or hard of hearing, consider installing an
alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration
Mount smoke alarms high
on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises).
Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at
least four inches away from the nearest wall;
wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to
12 inches away from the ceiling.
If you have ceilings that
are pitched, install the alarm near the
ceiling's highest point.
Don't install smoke
alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where
drafts might interfere with their operation.
Never paint smoke alarms.
Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep
the alarms from working.
Fax (574) 272-4043
18355 Auten Rd
Bend, IN 46637
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