Learn How To Use Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Home fires and the smoke and fumes they produce can cause injuries and deaths.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors warn people to escape. There may be local requirements for smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, and programs that provide them at low or no cost.

Smoke or carbon monoxide detectors work best when placed:

  • On every floor of the home

  • Near bedrooms

  • On the ceiling, or on the wall 6 to 12 inches below the ceiling

  • Away from air vents

Detectors can be kept in good working order by testing and replacing batteries according to manufacturer instructions, and vacuuming the surface occasionally to keep the vents clear of dust.