|When a fire occurs in your home, your chances of survival double when smoke detectors are present and properly maintained. For your protection, install a smoke detector outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke detectors are not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, or garages, where cooking fumes, steam, or exhaust could set off false alarms.
Smoke detectors can be battery operated, plugged in, or hard-wired into a building's electrical system. Never connect a detector to a circuit that can be turned off at a wall switch, and never remove the battery from a smoke detector without immediately replacing it. Residential smoke detectors fall into two major types: photoelectric and ionization. WFD recommends a combination of both types of detectors, properly installed, for the best level of fire protection. When buying detectors, always check the box to ensure that the manufacturer has obtained the UL listing and is approved by a recognized fire agency. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation and use of your smoke detector in your home.
Your smoke detector should be cleaned and tested at least once a year. Batteries should be changed twice a year when the clocks are changed to and from Daylight Savings Time. Smoke detectors should never be painted. For your family's safety, you should develop a Home Fire Escape Drill to work in conjunction with your smoke detector — see "Home Safety Tips."
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