Facts & Tips

Having Working Smoke Alarms Can Save Your Life

Fire spreads faster than ever through homes today, meaning you have less time to escape in the event of a fire. With only three minutes or less to escape, smoke alarms give you and your loved ones the earliest warning possible that there is a fire, so you can get out of your home quickly and safely.

It's important to have working smoke alarms installed on every floor of your home, including inside and outside every sleeping area. When replacing or buying new smoke alarms, look for products that are third-party listed or certified.

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Safety Standards

ENHANCED SAFETY
STANDARDS: UL 217, UL 268

New editions of UL safety standards for smoke alarms and smoke detectors have performance-based technology requirements, enabling products to better distinguish between cooking smoke and that of a potentially life-threatening fire. These enhancements help minimize cooking nuisance alarms, the top reason why people disable their devices.

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enhanced standards

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