As an essential part of a well-equipped fire safety system, smoke detectors offer an efficient solution for reducing the danger of fire in the home. All residences need a smoke detector installed whether there’s an advanced security system in place or not. Smoke detectors are usually required by law in most cities around the country and not having one or more installed could jeopardize your insurance claim should you have a fire.
Smoke detector placement depends on the type of residence protected, and many families will install detectors in many rooms around the home. Although conventional wisdom regarding the placement of a smoke detector suggests they should be at bed level, this type of placement usually isn’t practical in homes with kids or pets. Alternatively, placing detectors along the wall near the ceiling or on the ceiling is best.
Remember that detectors should not be placed near any type of heating or cooling ducts. Since the alarm will only sound with the presence of smoke, the blowing air from an air conditioning vent could reduce the likelihood of early detection if a fire starts.
As for placement around the home, it’s a safe idea to install a smoke detector in each bedroom of the home. This is particularly necessary in the case of a large home where a fire that starts in one bedroom might not be immediately noticeable in another bedroom down the hall.
Similar to fire extinguishers, smoke alarms should probably be in utilitarian areas of the house like the kitchen or any room that has a fireplace. Also, if a home has multiple levels, there should always be smoke detectors on every floor, and even in the garage. Many homeowners keep their washing machines and dryers in the garage, and a smoke alarm near those machines is vital.
However, consider that placement too close to a fireplace could result in false alarms and an angry smoke detector. Some detectors are quite sensitive, and a fireplace with a dirty chimney and some smoke could trip the machine even though there was no danger of an unattended, spreading fire.
Before engaging in a smoke detector install plan, map out every area where a detector will be placed and purchase accordingly. Also ensure that batteries purchased to power the devices are not yet expired, and always test smoke alarms each month to make sure they work. With proper detector placement and regular testing, any family can increase safety against the threat of fire.
For assistance with placement, installation, and operation of home smoke detectors, call Metro Fire and Safety today and we’ll help ensure your home is safe and secure.