Every year house fires cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in destruction. Most severe fire-related injuries or death occur in homes without working smoke detectors. Smoke detectors provide an early warning in case of a house fire. Here are some tips on smoke detector placement in the home.
Install Smoke Detectors Throughout Your Home
Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home and in every bedroom. Place a detecting device on the ceiling at the foot of the stairs to warn family members upstairs if a fire breaks out on a lower floor.
Smoke Detector Placement in Sleeping Areas
Because people are less alert when sleeping, it’s important to install smoke alarms in the bedrooms. Install a device inside each bedroom and in the hallway outside the bedrooms. If family members often nap on the living room couch or in a recliner in the game room, install smoke detecting devices in these places as well.
Your Kitchen Smoke Detector
The kitchen smoke detector is the one that is most likely to be disconnected, however, the kitchen is also one of the most common places for a fire to start. Make sure the kitchen smoke detector is functioning properly. Install the device 10 to 12 feet away from any cooking appliances to help reduce the number of false alarms.
Other Areas for Smoke Detector Placement
When installing smoke detectors, mount them on the ceiling or high on the wall, between 4 and 12 inches from the ceiling. Don’t install them near ceiling fans, air vents, sliding glass doors, windows, or entryway doors. The airflow from these can interfere with the smoke triggering the alarm.
In addition to the places listed above, install smoke detectors in your garage, basement, and attic. It’s a good idea to install one in the laundry room in case of a dryer fire and add a device near the furnace.
Smoke detectors can save lives. Use these tips for smoke detector placement to make sure you have these devices installed properly in your living spaces.