Test ALL of your smoke alarms once a month; smoke alarms can only save you if they are working. According to the NFPA:
- Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
- Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time. In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home1 fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
- Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.