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Tips to installing smoke alarms

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

For the best protection, install interconnected smoke alarms in your home. When one sounds, they all sound.

  • Best place to mount your smoke alarm is on the ceiling
  • Keep smoke alarms at least 4-6 inches away from the nearest wall
  • Always test your newly installed smoke alarm
  • If you cannot mount the alarm on the ceiling, install it high on the wall 4-12 inches from the ceiling

When you change your clocks, it is also time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms. Larger homes may need more alarms. Batteries from household smoke alarms may be recycled at your nearest household hazardous waste recycling facility.

What to do when the alarm sounds

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