- Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year lithium (or long-life) batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 years old or sooner.
- Be sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- If cooking fumes or steam sets off nuisance alarms, replace the alarm with an alarm that has a “hush” button. A “hush” button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.
- An ionization alarm with a hush button or a photoelectric alarm should be used if the alarm is within 20 feet of a cooking appliance.
- Smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement in addition to the usual alarm sound, may be helpful in waking children through the use of a familiar voice.
- Special smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling.
- Special smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have other disabilities.
For more smoke alarm tips, visit the NFPA.