By law, you are required to have smoke detectors in your home. However, while most know this and put up smoke detectors to keep their family and home safe, they may not realize that the smoke detectors need to be properly positioned within the home to ensure that they are able to do their job and to maximize the chances of them detecting a fire.
Three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
If you have never installed a smoke detector before, or just want to ensure they are properly positioned in your home, read on to learn where you should be placing smoke detectors in your home.
In the Bedroom
It is recommended that you place a smoke detector inside of each of the bedrooms in your home. This helps to monitor the smoke levels in a place where an individual is sleeping, giving them enough time and warning to get out of the home if there is a fire detected. If for some reason you cannot hang a smoke detector inside of the bedroom, position the alarm as closely to the door of the bedroom as you can get. You want to give a sleeping person as much time to exit the home safely as possible and smoke detectors inside or right outside of the bedroom help ensure this happens.
Another place to position smoke detectors in your home is near your stairwells. It is recommended that you position a smoke detector either near the top or bottom of the stairwell or in the middle of the stairwell. In the event of a fire, those in your home need to use the stairwells to exit the upper floors or the basement quickly and easily. A smoke detector positioned near the stairwell helps those in your home know whether fire and smoke is present in that space or whether they need to exit through windows on the bottom or upper floors.
In Common Living Areas
The last place that you need to have smoke detectors is in your common living areas. This includes a living room, family room and/or den. A smoke detector should be placed in these common living areas to help keep those who are hanging out in these areas safe. In addition to these common living areas, you want to ensure that there is a smoke detector present on every floor of your home, including the basement, first floor and second floor.
Having smoke detectors in your home in the proper place is the first and most important step to keeping your home and family safe in the event of a fire.
The last step is to use a home monitoring system that can monitor the smoke detectors for you. If the alarm goes off, a home monitoring system can alert the fire department and send them to your home right away. Every second matters when it comes to a fire, so this can be the difference between your home being minimally damaged or burning to the ground.