Family & Personal Preparedness
Get Alarmed Smoke Alarm Program
The IDHS Get Alarmed program emphasizes fire safety education in addition to working closely with service providers and fire departments to distribute smoke alarms to Indiana residents at no cost, thanks to a federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. For more information, visit the Get Alarmed page.
Smoke Alarm Tips
- Alarms should be replaced every eight to 10 years, and for smoke alarms that use traditional batteries, batteries should be changed once a year.
- Smoke alarms should be tested every month.
- Install smoke alarms on every level, in every sleeping area and outside every bedroom of the building.
- Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting different kinds of potentially fatal fires. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends every household be equipped with both kinds of alarms, or dual-sensor alarms.