Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play an important role in reducing the number of deaths and injuries that result from fires. If there is a fire in your home or business, smoke spreads rapidly and it is vital to have properly working smoke alarms to give you plenty of time to get out.

Types of smoke alarms

Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

Ionization Smoke Alarms

Combination smoke alarms are available so that you can be protected no matter the type of fire.

Proper Installation of Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking. Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Wall-mounted alarms should be installed not more than 12 inches away from the ceiling (to the top of the alarm).

Choose smoke alarms that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room, den or family room, or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations. Smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level.

Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation. Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.

For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound. Interconnection can be done using hard-wiring or wireless technology. When interconnected smoke alarms are installed, it is important that all of the alarms are from the same manufacturer. If the alarms are not compatible, they may not sound.

Maintaining Smoke Alarms

Businesses have a separate set of OSHA regulations they must follow, to read up on these requirements please check out our next post.

Key Takeaways

There is no substitute for a smoke alarm, having a properly installed and maintained smoke alarm in your home is vital to your safety should a fire break out.

Look for a combination smoke alarm so that you are protected no matter what type of fire breaks out.

If you have any questions about fire safety please contact one of our specialists at Elyon Fire & Life Safety.


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