In every home, smoke detectors are vital safety devices that provide early warnings about fires. To maximize safety, smoke detectors should be present on every level of a home and placed on the ceiling or, alternatively, high on a wall. To avoid unnecessary false alarms, smoke alarms should be away from kitchens. By pressing the test button once each months, residents can make sure that the smoke detector is still operational.
In addition to maintaining smoke alarms in a home, residents should have a defined fire escape plan. The plan should include identification at least two escape options for each room, an outdoor meeting place, and plans to assist any household members with mobility issues, such as infants and older adults.