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Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
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