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Install A Smoke Alarm

THERE IS NO MORE EFFECTIVE FIRE SAFETY TOOL

WORKING SMOKE ALARMS

ONE IN EVERY SLEEPING AREA AND ON EVERY FLOOR

Smoke Alarm

THE RISK OF GOING WITHOUT SMOKE ALARMS

Working smoke alarms will double your chances of escaping a fire in your home. On average, 20 people die every year in structure fires in Los Angeles. In 2014, the city experienced a slightly higher fatality record, with 24 people losing their lives as a result of fire in their homes. Most of those homes did not have working smoke alarms. 

In 2015, MySafe:LA distributed and/or installed more than 9,300 smoke alarms. The American Red Cross joined the effort with a national campaign, and in the greater Los Angeles are installed approximately 3,300 smoke alarms. The result? Fire fatalities were at their lowest in more than 50 years. Eleven people died in home fires during 2015. That represents a 54% decline in fatalities in the City of Los Angeles.

Every life lost in a fire is a tragedy. That’s why you need to ensure your home has working smoke alarms.

Smoke Alarm Basics

  1. Place one smoke alarm on each level of the house near the stairs, including entrances to the attic or basement if you have one.
  2. Install one smoke alarm in each common area, such as a living room or dining room. Avoid placing the alarm near a fireplace, stove or other appliance that typically generates safe amounts of smoke and heat.
  3. Place one alarm in each bedroom or in the hallway in front of adjoining bedrooms.
  4. Keep your alarms accessible, since you’ll need to test them monthly, and change batteries twice a year.
  5. Do not place the alarm near ceiling fans.
  6. Never paint your smoke alarms, or place stickers on them.

Installing Smoke Alarms (DIY)

  1. Grab your ladder and mount smoke alarms high – on a wall or on the ceiling – though the ceiling mount is preferable, as they will trigger more effectively.
  2. When attaching a smoke alarm to the wall, place it 4.5” from the ceiling. When mounting to the ceiling, mount alarms at least 4” from the wall. Smoke rises, so select the highest point on the ceiling.
  3. Avoid mounting smoke alarms near windows or doors, where smoke can escape before triggering the alarm.
  4. Avoid mounting smoke alarms overhead in kitchens, dining rooms or living rooms. Smoke and steam from cooking, fireplaces, candles and so on can cause false alarms.
  5. Follow the directions on the package for mounting the smoke alarm once you’ve chosen the general area for the alarm. You might need a drill and a screwdriver.
  6. Make sure a qualified electrician mounts the device if you choose to go with an alarm that will be hardwired to your home’s electrical system.

Installing Smoke Alarms (The MySafe:LA Way)

  1. Open your web browser.
  2. Visit: www.mysmokealarm.org
  3. Make an online appointment to have FREE smoke alarms installed in your home. The installation is free as well.
  4. Or, pick up the phone and dial 844.382.5276

Either way, MySafe:LA is committed to supporting a safe Los Angeles. Fire Burns. Smoke Kills™.

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