Safety Tip

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Read all of NFPA's smoke alarm safety tips and download our free safety tip sheet.


ChrisDubayChris Dubay, NFPA Vice President of Codes & Standards, talks about smoke alarms:

 What are the different kinds of smoke alarms?

What kind of smoke alarm does NFPA suggest?

 The most important message about smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.

Video: Learn basic smoke alarm safety tips.

  • According to a telephone survey, 96-97% of all homes have at least one smoke alarm, yet in 2007-2011, smoke alarms were present in only three-quarters (73%) of all reported home fires and operated in half (52%) of all reported home fires.
  • More than one-third (37%) of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms.
  • Smoke alarms operated in fires that caused two out of five (40%) home fire deaths.  

NEW REPORT: NFPA's "Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires", by Marty Ahrens, March 2014.

Family activity - check your smoke alarms!
Download a calendar tearsheet (PDF, 228 KB), and put it in an important place in your home. Remember to have a grown-up test your smoke alarms once a month. Tear off the correct month when the test is finished!

Teach your kids the sound a smoke alarm makes and what to do when they hear that sound
Designed for children ages three to five, Sparky's Match game combines a fun matching game with learning about smoke alarms. This message is especially important to small children, who may not recognize the sound or are unaware that hearing a smoke alarm means get outside and stay outside.

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