Smoke Detectors

Having a least one properly installed and working smoke detector can reduce the risk of fire fatalities and burn injuries.

Did You Know

  • When you're sleeping you can't smell smoke
  • Most people die within the first 5 minutes of a fire
  • In a fire, the heat at floor level is 90 degrees, at head height it is 600 degrees and at ceiling height it is 800 degrees. Heat over 150 degrees will knock you unconscious and kill you
  • A fire burning in a house for 1 minute will grow to 3 times its original size. In 4 minutes it will grow to 11 times its size and in 6 minutes it will reach 50 times its original size
  • It is estimated that at least half of all smoke detectors currently installed in home throughout the United States do not work because of missing or dead batteries

Things To Remember

  • Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors can increase your chance of surviving a fire by 50 percent
  • Every level of your home should have at least one smoke detector (Note: You can never have too many!)
  • Sleep with your bedroom door closed
  • Test your smoke detectors at least once a month
  • Keep spare batteries on hand
  • Practice your Fire Escape Plan and know two ways to get out of the house
  • Keep lighters and matches out of reach of children

Smoke Detectors - Request free smoke detector installation from American Red Cross