Place your smoke detector on the ceiling or high on the wall (not more than 12 inches from the ceiling).
For pitched ceilings, install the detector within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of a peak.
Place your smoke detector 20 feet from a cooking area to minimize false alarms.
Always replace your battery with a lithium “123” battery that can be found at your local CVS or hardware store.
Test your smoke detector once a month, by pressing and holding the test button until you hear a beep.
Do develop a Family Escape Plan – draw a map of your home and discuss the plan with everyone in the family identifying all ground floor exits.
Practice your Family Escape Plan at night and during the day with everyone in the home twice a year.
Have an outside meeting place – (like a tree, light pole or mailbox).
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.