Choosing the best place to put smoke detectors in your house is one of the most important safety decisions you’ll make for your family. In a typical home fire, occupants have just minutes to escape. But just throwing up a smoke detector here and one there isn’t going to work. There’s actually much more to it than that. There are very specific recommendations as to choosing the best place to put a smoke detector in your home.
In this post I’ll share with you what the safety professionals say regarding where to place smoke detectors in your house.
Where Is The Best Place To Put a Smoke Detector?
The areas of your house where you should place a smoke detector:
- On every level of the house
- In or near the kitchen
- Inside each bedroom
- In each hallway
- Near fireplaces or other areas that are a fire risk
- Near stairways to each level
- In the basement
Every Bedroom And Sleeping Area
According to the National Fire Protection Association or NFPA.org, you should install a smoke alarm inside of each bedroom, outside each sleeping area as well as on every level of the house, including the basement. This is because smoke from one area of the house may not reach another section of the house.
NFPA.org says that smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level.
Each Level Of The House And Stairways
If you have a level of your house that doesn’t have sleeping areas on it, then the NFPA recommends that you install smoke detectors in the living room, den and family room or close to the stairway to the upper level of the house. Or better yet, install an alarm in both areas.
Whether you have one hallway or a large home with multiple hallways, the NFPA recommends that you should install a smoke detector in each of the hallways. If a hall is more than 40 feet long (12 meters), install a unit at each end.
In or Near The Kitchen
As you can imagine, your kitchen also needs to have a smoke detector installed either inside the kitchen or near it. But when you’re planning your layout for smoke alarm installation, be sure not to install the kitchen smoke detector within 10 feet of the stove.
Near Fireplaces Or Other Areas Of Fire Risk
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, wood stove, pellet stove or other area of the house that poses an increased risk of fire, then you’ll need to install a smoke detector in those areas as well. But don’t install it too close to the fireplace. Try to keep at least 10 feet between the fireplace and the smoke detector.
The safety of your family is obviously the most important thing. That’s why it’s so important to know the best places to put smoke detectors in your house. In addition to installing the smoke alarms, you should also become familiar with how your smoke alarms work. For example, is your smoke alarm chirping for no reason? Here’s a few common reasons why it might be beeping.