Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or in the early morning. For extra safety, install smoke alarms both inside and outside the sleeping area.
Also, smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or 6 to 8 inches below the ceiling on side walls. Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.
Smoke alarms are very easy to take care of. There are two steps to remember.
1. Replace the batteries at least once a year.
2. Keep them clean.
For more information go to USDA/FEMA's Fire Safety web site.
Specifically FEMA/USFA Fire Safety Fact Sheets are a great source of Home Safety information.