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State law requires all residences to have smoke alarms. You
must have a smoke alarm installed within 15 feet of the sleeping area in
your home. The Sedgwick County Fire District also suggests additional smoke alarms for each
level of your home. Smoke alarm installation for seniors is
Do you remember when you installed your
smoke alarms? How old were the smoke alarms already installed when you moved
in? If you are not sure how old they are, it’s best to replace them.
Install smoke alarms on each level of your
Every home should have at least two smoke
alarms. The larger your home, the more smoke alarms you must install for
adequate protection. For best performance, follow these installation
Mount smoke alarms in the middle
of the ceiling if possible. If not, mount them on a wall at least three feet
from any corner, and four to six inches from the ceiling.
Do not install smoke alarms
where drafts from fans or air ducts can reach them. The moving air can blow
smoke away from the alarm’s sensor.
To avoid nuisance alarms (like
those caused by cooking smoke), keep smoke alarms at least 10 feet from
stoves and steamy showers.
While 13 of every 14 homes have at least one smoke alarm, almost
half of home fires and three-fifths of fire deaths occur in the share of
homes with no alarms. Thousands of people still die each year in home
fires where smoke alarms aren't present.
In addition, there are now more homes with smoke alarms that don't
work than homes without alarms at all. These poorly maintained units
create a false sense of security among occupants. Approximately one-third of
homes with smoke alarms that experience fires have smoke alarms that
aren't working, and hundreds of people die each year in these fires.
Tragically, the grave importance of installing and maintaining smoke
alarms has not yet been fully realized. Most people who die in home fires
are not in the room where the fire starts; working smoke alarms alert
people to fire and give them time to escape in a situation where minutes can
mean the difference between life and death.
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so everyone can pursue freedom and prosperity in a safe, secure, and
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