A working smoke alarm will let you know if there is a fire. Fire moves fast. You could only have minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds.
When the smoke alarm sounds off:
- Make sure everyone in your home
knows the sound of the smoke alarm
and understands what to do when
they hear it.
- Children, older adults, and people
with disabilities may need assistance
to wake up and get out. Make sure
someone can help them.
- When the smoke alarm sounds, get
out and stay out.
- Go to your outside meeting place. Call
- Never go back inside for people, pets,
Smoke alarm basics:
It is important to test them monthly
by pushing the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms when
they are 10 years old or if they do not
respond when tested.
Alternates for deaf/hard of hearing:
- Strobe lights flash on alternate
devices when the smoke alarm
sounds. The lights warn people of fire.
- When people who are deaf are
asleep, a pillow or bed shaker can
wake them so they can escape.
- When people who are hard of
hearing are asleep, an alert device
that uses a loud, mixed, low-pitched
sound can wake them. They may find
a pillow or bed shaker helpful. These
devices are triggered by
the sound of the smoke