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Inexpensive household smoke detectors sound an alarm, alerting you to a fire. By giving you time to escape, smoke detectors cut your risk of dying in a home fire nearly in half. Smoke detectors save so many lives that most states have laws requiring them in private homes.
We strongly suggest smoke detectors be installed inside every bedroom; this is a code requirement for new homes but older homes may need additional smoke detectors added. For the hearing impaired, there are smoke detectors that flash a strobe light in addition to sounding an audible alarm.
For extra protection, NFPA suggests installing additional detectors in dining rooms, furnace rooms, utility rooms, and hallways. Smoke detectors are not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, garages, or attics and other unheated spaces – where cooking fumes, steam, humidity and temperature changes might affect a detector's operation.