Why use a smoke detector?

Most fires occur at night when people are sleeping. A smoke detector can alert you when there is a fire, in time to save your life. Smoke detectors work by sensing rising smoke from a fire and sounding an alarm.

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1. Why use a smoke detector?
2. Where should I install my detector?
3. What type should I buy?
4. How are detectors powered?
5. How can I best care for my detector?