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Protect Your Family—Check Your Smoke Alarms

It’s important to have enough smoke alarms in your home. Fire research has demonstrated that with today’s modern furnishings, fires can spread much more rapidly than in the past when more natural materials were used. Because of this, having a sufficient number of properly located smoke alarms is essential to maximize the amount of available escape time.

For many years, NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code has required as a minimum that smoke alarms be installed inside every sleeping room (even for existing homes) in addition to requiring them outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Additional smoke alarms are required for larger homes. Homes built to earlier standards often don’t meet these minimum requirements. Homeowners and enforcement authorities should recognize that detection needs have changed over the years and take proactive steps make sure that every home has a sufficient complement of smoke alarms.

How to Properly Install Smoke Alarms

Testing Smoke Alarms