Fire Prevention Week – Day 4

Fire Prevention Week – Day 4

MACOMB, IL  —  Fire Prevention Week – Day 4

Installing your smoke alarm

NFPA explains the first step is to choose smoke alarms that have a label of a recognized testing laboratory.  Also, it is important to purchase alarms that are all from the same manufacturer, to ensure interconnection is compatible.  The NFPA also lists some important installation information:

  • 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 (or den or family room) or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations.
  • 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).
  • If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of the peak (four inches down from the peak).
  • Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.

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