sure detectors are placed either on
the ceiling or 15 to 30 cm below the
ceiling on the wall. Locate smoke detectors
away from air vents or registers; high
airflow or “dead” spots
should be avoided.
Smoke alarms are not
suggested for kitchens, bathrooms
or garages where there are fumes,
steam or exhaust that could set them
Make sure the detectors
in your place are in good operating
condition. Test them once a month
by pushing the test button.
Once a year, hold
a lit cigarette, incense or a candle
that you’ve just blown out,
near the detector until the alarm
sounds. If the alarm is battery-powered
and doesn't sound, replace the battery
and try again. If it's electrically
connected to household circuits and
doesn't sound, check the fuse and
try again. It should sound within
If your battery-powered
detector begins to emit its low-power
warning, such as a chirping sound,
replace the battery immediately with
a fresh one. Make the replacement
of batteries a seasonal task; change
the battery, for instance, when resetting
your clocks in the fall or spring.
Make sure the detectors are installed
according to the manufacturer’s
instructions. Do not use rechargeable
that are more than 10 years old,
or err on the side of caution and
replace them every five years.
Clean the device according
to the instructions. Remove and wipe
the cover with a damp cloth. Gently
vacuum the inside of the alarm. Replace
the cover and test the alarm.
on each level of your home, including
the basement. You might want to install
both types of detectors on each floor
of the house. The most important
location is near the bedrooms to
provide early warning when people
Develop and practise
an escape route to be used in the
event of a house fire.
Call the manufacturer’s
toll-free number if you have any
concerns about your detector.