- Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, including your basement. Place them near sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a home fire by 50%.
- Test your smoke alarms twice a year. Smoke alarms do expire—install a new one every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer. For more information on smoke alarms, go here.
- If you are renovating your home or looking to buy a new one, see if you can have a sprinkler system installed. Families with a fire sprinkler system and working smoke alarms, compared to families with neither, decrease their risk of death from a fire