WHAT IS A SMOKE ALARM?
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. Take a moment and see if you can find all the ones in your home. They should be in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home, even the basement.
WHAT NOISE DOES A SMOKE ALARM MAKE?
A smoke alarm makes a very loud beeping noise to warn you that a fire has started. Ask a grown up in the home to test it now so everyone can hear what it sounds like.
HOW DO WE TEST TO SEE IF A SMOKE ALARM IS WORKING?
♥ Smoke alarms should be maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
♥ Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
♥ Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working well. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
♥ Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
♥ Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Smoke Alarms need to be replaced every 10 years.
♥ When replacing a battery, follow the manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or manufacturer’s instructions. Manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The smoke alarm may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used.
WHAT IS THE BEST SMOKE ALARM FOR MY HOME?
There are two kinds of smoke alarms.
► Ionization Smoke Alarms are typically quicker to warn about flaming fires, such as a pan fire.
► Photoelectric Smoke Alarms are typically quicker to warn about smoldering fires, as would occur when a lit cigarette is dropped on a sofa.
Combination Smoke Alarms provide ionization and photoelectric detection. The NH State Fire Marshal, your local fire department, as well as the NFPA recommend installing combination alarms, or both types of alarms, in your home. Whatever type of smoke alarms you choose, make sure they bear the mark of a recognized testing laboratory. Learn more at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms/installing-and-maintaining-smoke-alarms
ARE SMOKE ALARMS AVAILABLE FOR THE HARD-OF-HEARING OR DEAF?
Smoke Alarms for the Hard-of-Hearing or Deaf are available. Learn about the various options that are available at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/people-at-risk/people-with-disabilities/educational-materials/people-who-are-deaf-or-hard-of-hearing