Smoke Detectors Installation

How to install a smoke alarm

Here are some things to keep in mind when you are installing your smoke alarm:

  • Follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.
  • On the ceilings, mount the device away from corners and walls, which have dead air space nearby.
  • About eight to 10 inches is the recommended distance.
  • On walls, install the alarms high, because smoke rises, and place them eight to 10 inches away from corners and ceilings.
  • Install smoke alarms at least three feet from vents, which might recirculate the smoke.
  • Never place smoke alarms on uninsulated walls or ceilings.
  • Extreme temperatures can ruin batteries and prevent smoke from reaching the alarms.
  • Exit drills in the home Smoke alarms provide an early warning system to allow you and your family extra time to get out of the house fast during a fire.
  • If the alarm sounds be sure each family member knows what the alarm sounds like and what to do.

Families should regularly practice Operation EDITH - Exit Drills In The Home. This means having a prepared escape plan, with two possible escape routes from every room, and a prearranged meeting place outside the house. Families should actually run through a fire drill at least twice a year.