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you need to know
Most fatal fires happen at night when people are sleeping. A working
smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you.
you home with a smoke alarm
The Ontario Fire Code requires every home to have a working smoke
There are many different types of smoke alarms to choose from.
Smoke alarms can be electrically connected, battery-operated or
more than one
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and near each
sleeping area. Remember to replace alarms that are more than 10
years old. Smoke alarms don't last forever.
install smoke alarms
Because smoke rises, it is recommended that you place the alarms
on the ceiling. Avoid ceilings near bathrooms, heating appliances,
windows and ceiling fans.
Test your smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button. You
can also test your alarms by using smoke from a smoldering cotton
When warning beeps
sound, replace your battery immediately. Never wait. Change your
batteries when you change your clocks' in the Spring and Fall.
Prevent dust from clogging your smoke alarms by gently vacuuming
them with a soft brush every six months. Never vacuum electrically
connected alarms unless you shut off the power. Test each unit
Draw a floor plan showing how you and your family would escape
a fire in your home. Look for two ways out of each room and have
a pre-arranged meeting place outside. Regularly practice with every
member of your home. After everyone is outside, call 9-1-1 from
a safe location.
testing, and maintaining smoke alarms, make sure you follow
the manufacturer's instructions.
of fire or an emergency, call 9-1-1.