Why are Smoke Alarms Important?

  • Three out of five household fire deaths resulted from homes without smoke or homes with non-working smoke alarms.
  • About 96% of households in the US have at least smoke alarm installed in their home.
  • Your chances of dying from a reported fire will be cut in half if you have a working smoke alarm installed in your home.

Where to Place Smoke Alarms

Wireless Smoke Alarm Installation Recommendations

  • Smoke alarms shall be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and on each additional story of the family living unit including basements and excluding crawl spaces and unfinished attics. In new construction, a smoke alarm shall be installed in each sleeping room.
  • For family living units with one or more split levels (i.e., adjacent levels with less than one full story separation between levels), a smoke alarm required by (above) shall suffice for an adjacent lower level, including basements. (Exception: Where there is an intervening door between one level and the adjacent lower level, a smoke alarm shall be installed on the lower level).
  • Ceiling mounted smoke alarms should be located in the center of the room or hall, or not less than 4 inches from any wall. When the alarm is mounted on a wall, the top of the alarm should be 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling.
  • Do not install smoke alarms where normal ambient temperatures are above 100°F (37.8°C), or below 40°F (4°C). Also, do not locate alarm in front of air conditioners, heating registers, or other locations where normal air circulation will keep smoke from entering the detector.

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