Smoke detectors can be lifesavers when they are installed correctly and maintained. 66% percent of house fire-related deaths are because the house was missing smoke alarms or they were not working properly. Learn about smoke detector placement in the home and make sure to follow these guidelines.
Smoke Detector Placement on Every Level
There is no one answer for the number of smoke detectors you should have because every house is different, but it’s best to always err on the side of caution. Place one device in each bedroom and in the hallway outside of each bedroom.
Each floor of the house should have at least one, but usually more, including the attic and the basement. Also, any room with a heat source like the laundry area and the garage should have a smoke alarm in case something malfunctions.
Correct Smoke Detector Placement
Smoke alarms should be installed high overhead because smoke rises. Installation on the ceiling is ideal, but on the wall 12 inches from the ceiling is also adequate.
Install the smoke detector far away from HVAC vents, doors, windows, and fans. In the kitchen, install the smoke detector 10 feet away from any cooking appliances to prevent false alarms.
Testing Smoke Detectors
Add smoke detector testing to your calendar every month. It takes less than 5 minutes to go through the house and press the test button on all the devices. Once per year, the batteries should be replaced even if the test doesn’t indicate that they are dead. The units themselves need to be replaced every 10 years.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Most homes already have some smoke detectors installed, however, carbon monoxide detectors are important in any home, especially one with gas-fueled appliances.
A CO detector should also be placed in the garage to protect you from the carbon monoxide your car puts off. You can find standalone CO detectors or combination CO/smoke alarms.