According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 38% of home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke detectors, and 21% of home fire deaths occurred in homes with smoke detectors that did not work.  Smoke detectors are an integral part of a home's safety. It is important to have working smoke alarms installed properly throughout your house to alert you and your family of any potential fire hazards.


NFPA Code for Smoke Detector Placement

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires a minimum installation of one smoke alarm in:


Tips for Where to Place Your Smoke Detector

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Install smoke detectors in:

  1. Living Rooms
  2. Bedrooms
  3. Outside Bedrooms
  4. Dens
  5. Basements
  6. Hallways
  7. Top of Stairs
  8. Utility Rooms
  9. Kitchens

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Install smoke detectors at least 10 feet from cooking appliances

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Ceiling mounted smoke alarms should be at least 4 inches away from any wall

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Wall mounted smoke alarms should be at least 4 inches, but not more than 12 inches, below the ceiling

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Smoke detectors mounted in pitched ceilings should be at least 4 inches from the peak, but no more than 3 feet away.


Do Not Install Your Smoke Detector In These Places

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  • Near windows, doors, air ducts

    Draft and/or wind that enter can interfere with the smoke detector's operations.

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  • Above cooking appliances

    The heat from cooking appliances can set off smoke detectors.

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  • Above a furnace or fireplace

    The heat from furnace or fireplace can set off smoke detectors.

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  • Garages

    Garages are usually either below or above the temperature range the detector is designed for.

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  • Bathrooms with showers

    Mist particles from the shower can cause the smoke detector is go off.

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  • Dusty rooms

    Dust particles can set off the smoke detector.


  • Smoke Detector Diagram

    Know the do's and dont's of installing your smoke detectors!

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