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.
We are expanding our Smoke Alarm Friendship series via short, motion graphics pieces to keep smoke alarms and fire safety top of mind in a light, positive way throughout the year. This bite-sized content series provides consistent social assets and messaging that can be used by the fire safety community to share information, safety reminders and resources. The short-form series is complementary to our longer-form, live-action public safety announcements, of which more are in development. Please feel free to download and share these assets to spread the message: #SmokeAlarmsSaveLives.
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.
This Father’s Day, spend quality time together by making sure your dad has working smoke alarms.
Click here to download our Mother’s Day content to remind your community of the importance of having working smoke alarms.
Click here to download our St. Patrick's Day content to remind your community of the importance of having working smoke alarms.
Click here to download our Valentine’s Day content to remind your community of the importance of having working smoke alarms.
Meet Billy and his Smoke Alarm. Unlike Billy’s cooking, his Smoke Alarm has improved over the years. With new technology, the Smoke Alarm can now better distinguish between smoke from cooking and smoke from a real, potentially life-threatening fire.
Meet Becky and her Smoke Alarm. When Becky’s candles catch fire during a moment of zen, her Smoke Alarm alerts her — letting her know she has less than three minutes to escape a home fire.
Help spread the word of fire safety and share the importance of closing your bedroom door each night, having an exit plan, and checking your smoke alarms monthly. Join us by copying, pasting and tagging these downloadable social posts on your social media channels!
Checking your smoke alarms, having an exit plan, and closing your bedroom door each night are all important fire prevention methods. Watch this chilling, real-life example from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department regarding how closing your door can save lives.