Smoke Alarm Facts
Working smoke alarms give early warning of danger and are the single most important way to prevent fatal fires. They double the chances of surviving a fire.
In 2014, almost one-quarter of residential fire victims had no working smoke alarms to warn them. In 12% of these fires, smoke alarms were present but failed to operate.
Every second counts in a fire.Working smoke alarms provide residents with early warning of fire and allow residents to exit a home quickly. Working smoke alarms save lives.
Protect Your Home and Family with Smoke Alarms
Learn more about smoke alarms and home fire escape planning in these Department of Fire Services pamphlets: Smoke Alarms Save Lives , Fire Safety Tips , and Home Escape Planning.
Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairs and at the base of cellar stairs.
Maintain smoke alarms. Test them once a month and change the batteries twice a year.
Smoke alarms must be replaced every 10 years. Alarms are labeled with their date of manufacture. It there is no label, they are older than 10 years and must be replaced.
Smoke Alarm Public Awareness Campaign
The Department of Fire Services has a new smoke alarm public awareness campaign with a toolkit for local fire departments.
- Carbon Monoxide Safety Information on preventing CO poisoning and CO alarms
- Smoke Alarm Regulations Information on smoke alarm regulations in Massachusetts
and a Consumer's Guide when selling one- and two-family homes.
- U.S. Fire Administration Information on Smoke Alarms