Do you know if your alarms in the safest areas of your home?
According to Utah’s Department of Public Safety Smoke Alarm Installation should include:
- Utah law requires smoke alarms be installed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms to provide a minimum level of protection.
- For better protection, install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
- For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound. Wireless battery-operated interconnected smoke alarms are now available.
- An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.
- Choose a smoke alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should not be closer than 10 feet to a cooking appliance.
- Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries are designed to remain effective for 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Make sure everyone in your home knows the sound of the smoke alarm.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Carbon monoxide alarms are required to be on each living level of the home which has a fuel burning appliance. (gas water heater for example or gas stove)