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3 Tips for Proper Smoke Alarm Placement

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Tips for Proper Smoke Alarm Placement Test each alarm every month so that you know it's working

3 Tips for Proper Smoke Alarm Placement

One of the best ways to keep your family safe in the event of a house fire is knowing the fire exists in time to get out quickly. Therefore, proper fire alarm placement and maintenance is essential. Abiding by the following recommendations of fire protection agencies and fire restoration professionals can ensure that you and your family are alerted when you need to vacate your home.

1. Number of Detectors

One smoke detector in your home in West Jordan, UT, is not sufficient. Because the sensors can only detect problems that cause fire damage within a certain range, you need to make sure you have enough devices to cover the entire area of your home. At minimum, you should have a detector:

  • In every bedroom
  • Right outside every bedroom
  • On every level of your home

For example, a two-story home with four upstairs bedrooms should have a total of nine smoke detectors. That way, your home has a fire alarm that can sense a problem either inside each bedroom or in the upstairs hallway as well as in the common areas downstairs.

2. Type of Detectors

Not all fires are the same. Some build quickly while others linger and produce a lot of smoke damage. By installing a combination of photoelectric and ionization alarms, you can be assured that an alarm will engage no matter how the fire is moving. Some alarms are even designed to sense both types of fires.

3. Maintenance of Detectors

There are three steps for making sure your smoke alarms are working properly. Test each alarm every month so that you know it's working. Replace the batteries in each detector at least once a year. The detectors themselves typically last for at least eight years, but after that you will need to upgrade them.

A solid fire alarm system is an important part of home safety. By following these tips, you can improve your chances of getting out of your home safely if there is a fire.

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