Tips on Staying Protected Against Smoke

Knowing what to do in the event of a home fire can help you and your family be prepared. Installing a smoke detector system in your home will help keep your family safe.


Early Smoke Detection

Smoke is often the first sign of a fire or other danger. Smoke detector systems provide early warning in the event of a fire or smoke emergency in your home. Every home should have a smoke detector system installed. The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every level of the home.

Each state has different requirements and regulations for home smoke alarm. It is important to research the regulations near you. Here is an interactive map of state legislation regarding smoke alarms.


Smoke Detector System Options

First Alert offers many different types of smoke alarms to protect your home. A standard smoke alarm is triggered when smoke is detected, alerting your family to evacuate the house. First Alert offers smoke alarms with a 10-year sealed battery, which last the life of the alarms. Other types of detectors can be connected to your home’s hardwire placement and with a backup battery, so you have continuous protection even if you lose power.

A great option for those with young children or elderly family members living with them is to purchase a smoke alarm with an escape light. A fire can create large amounts of smoke and your home can become dark and hard to navigate. Having an escape light built into your smoke detector can help your loved ones navigate the dark and see the escape path more clearly.


Smoke Detector Maintenance

Whatever smoke detector system you select for your home, you should be sure to test and maintain your alarms often. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) states smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year.* Maintaining your smoke alarm is critical to protecting your home from smoke and fires.

*U.S Fire Administration (2019). Smoke alarm outreach materials. [online] U.S. Fire Administration. Available at: [Accessed 29 Jan. 2019].