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.Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement) and inside and outside sleeping areas. Don't forget to test each alarm monthly and replace them if they are over 10 years old.
In addition to having working smoke alarms, follow these other important tips to make sure your home is fire-safe:
• Make sure that extension cords are in good condition and are used to power small items only – never major appliances.