Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Tips & Regulations
- Working smoke alarms double your chances of surviving a house fire
- Most fatal fires occur when occupants are asleep
- New Jersey Fire Code requires that every home has a working smoke alarm installed on each level.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years
- Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, following the manufacturer’s instructions
- Do not install alarms in kitchens, garages, unfinished attics or directly outside bathrooms.
Where Smoke Alarms should be installed
- At least ONE working smoke alarm on EACH LEVEL of the home
- Recommended ONE working smoke alarm in EVERY BEDROOM or anywhere a person sleeps
- All smoke alarms should be UL-217 approved, the “UL Listed” rating clearly on the alarm and boxWhere to Mount your Smoke Alarms
- Mount alarm on the ceiling or high on a wall
- DON’T MOUNT within four (4″) inches of the corner of the ceiling.
- DON’T INSTALL near vents, ceiling fans, windows or doors, as these can create drafts that may keep the alarm from working properly.
- Installation is NOT RECOMMENDED in the kitchen, garage, attic, near a bathroom, or other unheated spaces as cooking, exhaust fumes, temperature differences and steam can cause false alarms.