3,000 people in the United States die by house fire each year while 17,000 are left injured. With the recent trajedy that killed four people in a family in our area over the Christmas break, we are reminded of the importance of smoke detection. Smoke Detectors come in a wide range of styles from fancy to simple to down right cute. More, they are easy to install. Unless your fire alarm is tied to the electrical system in your home it is a project that you can do.
Walk through your home and locate the areas where you want to mount smoke detectors. Detectors should be mounted only inside bedrooms, outside of bedrooms and in hallways leading to bedrooms.
- Grab your ladder and mount smoke detectors high – on a wall or on the ceiling – though the ceiling mount is preferable, as they will go off sooner.
- Be sure when attaching to the wall, place it 4-12 inches from the ceiling and in turn, mount ceiling detectors 4 inches from the wall. Smoke rises, so if you have a odd-shaped ceiling, opt for the highest point on the ceiling to place the detector.
- Avoid mounting smoke detectors near windows or doors, where smoke can escape before reaching the detector.
- Avoid mounting smoke detectors in kitchens, dining rooms or living rooms. Smoke and steam from cooking, fireplaces, candles and so on can cause false alarms. Basements and garages should be avoided also. Water heaters, fumes from solvents, paint or gasoline, and dust from forced air heaters can set off alarms.
- Follow the directions on the package for mounting the smoke detector once you’ve chosen the area for the device. You’ll most likely need a drill and a screwdriver.
- Make sure a qualified electrician mounts the device if you choose to go with a detector that will be hardwired to your home’s electrical system.
Read more: How to Install a Smoke Detector | eHow.com
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