In recent years, 60% of America's home-fire deaths have occurred in homes without smoke detectors, and 50% of all fire deaths happen at night. Investing in an inexpensive smoke detector can mean the difference between life and death.
Test the batteries once a month.
Replace any battery too weak to sound the alarm.
Most detectors "chirp" when the battery is low.
Don't place your detector in kitchens, bathrooms, or garages, where cooking fumes, steam, or exhaust can set off the alarm when there is no fire.
Smoke detectors have a life expectancy of 10 years. Replace any detector that is more than 10 years old.
Develop and practice a family escape plan.
Change batteries twice each year when the clocks change. Never disable your smoke detector by removing the battery!
If you require assistance in purchasing or installing a smoke detector, or just have questions, call the Fire Department, at 630-833-5350, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.