What's the Best Place to Install a Smoke Detector?
The best place to install a smoke detector is in a spot where it can properly alert users about a fire. It should also be placed away from things that can interfere with its performance, such as vents, ducts and kitchen appliances. There should be at least one smoke detector on each floor.
Ideally, there should be a smoke detector inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area in a house. This is because most fire-related deaths occur at night while a person is asleep. By placing smoke detectors in these areas, a person is more likely to wake up and escape the building in time. For floors without a bedroom, we recommend placing smoke detectors in central locations, such as a living room or den. Installing smoke detectors near stair cases is also a good idea.
Smoke detectors should also be mounted high on the wall or on a ceiling. Since smoke rises, a smoke detector that is placed too low will not be able to detect any smoke. For that reason, we recommend installing smoke detectors either on the ceiling, or no less than a foot down from the ceiling on the wall.
Additionally, smoke detectors should never be painted over or covered up in any way. Doing so may be prevent the device from functioning properly in the event of a fire. Keep your smoke detectors in an open location so that they can detect any smoke that may be present in the area. Try to avoid placing them near other objects or obstructions that may restrict their functionality.
Remember, all smoke detectors should be tested regularly to ensure that they are in proper working order. Wireless smokes will require a battery replacement every three to five years. This FAQ is not meant as a comprehensive guide to smoke detector installation. Make sure that you and your family have an active fire-safety plan and that you all know what to do in the event of a fire.
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