Smoke alarms show you care about your family's safety. But you have to test them to make sure they work. It takes just a minute, and you will sleep better after you do it.
Here's how to test a smoke alarm:
1. Push the test button on the alarm. On most alarms, it's the only button on it.
2. After you push the test button, did you hear a loud noise?
- Yes: then it works!
- No: Change the battery, or get a new smoke
It is pretty simple. Test your alarms every month. It is an easy way to show your love.
Don't forget to make a fire escape plan with your kids.
1. Ask them: "Do you know what to do if there is a fire?"
2. Draw a map of the house, highlight at least two exits, and mark the spot you would all meet outside of the house.
3. Teach them how to get out fast: practice as a game! Go on hands and knees--get low and go!
4. Keep the game going: time them to see how fast they can get out of the house on hands and knees. Aim for 2 minutes or less.
5. Practice, practice, practice!
- Practice your escape plan as a family two times a year. Practice on the first and last days of school, or at New Year's and the Fourth of July, as easy ways to remember.
- Practice your family escape plan at night. Young children may not wake up to the sound of smoke alarms. So adults should practice helping children get to safety when an alarm goes off at night.