Fire Prevention: Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, it’s important to remember how critical smoke alarms are to keeping ourselves and our families safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are more than 360,000 home fires in the U.S. each year. These fires cause billions of dollars in damage and result in thousands of injuries and deaths. Properly installed smoke alarms are your first line of defense, so here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's installation instructions when installing smoke alarms.
  • Test smoke alarms every month to make sure they're operating correctly.
  • Replace batteries in battery-powered smoke alarms at least once a year (unless otherwise specified by the battery or smoke alarm manufacturer).
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

Plan and Practice

In the event of a fire, having a family escape plan is crucial. Make sure you have at least two ways to escape from each room, and locate a family meeting place outside of your home. It’s important to review the escape routes with everyone in your household and regularly practice your escape plan.

For more information about home fire safety, visit You can also find additional fire and electrical safety tips on our website.

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For more than 100 years, Duquesne Light Company has provided safe and reliable electric service to communities in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, our core values of safety, integrity, dependability, equity and community enable us to serve more than 600,000 customers in two counties, including the city of Pittsburgh. We are committed to safely powering our customers’ lives while playing a leading role in our region’s clean energy transition. Our vision is to create a larger-than-light, clean energy future for all by delivering exceptional results today and boldly harnessing opportunities for tomorrow. In doing so, we can ensure a cleaner, healthier and more equitable community for generations to come.


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