Installing Smoke Alarms in Your Home
By: Danny Lipford
Smoke alarms are your first line of defense against a fire in your home. Here’s what you need to know about smoke alarms, including which type to choose and how to install and maintain them in your house.
Types of smoke alarms available:
- Optical Detectors: Less prone to false alarms and will react faster to smoldering fires.
- Ionization Detectors: Better at sensing flaming fires but prone to false alarms.
- Combination Detectors: Use optical and ionization sensors in the same unit to provide protection from both types of fires.
How to install smoke alarms:
- Install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home.
- Place an alarm in or near each bedroom of your home.
- Write the date purchased on the back of each alarm.
- Position alarms on or near the ceiling and away from corners.
- Write the replacement date on each battery and change batteries as needed or every 6 to 12 months.
- Clean alarms yearly by gently vacuuming or blow detectors out with canned air.
- Replace the alarms every 10 years.