Where to Install Smoke Alarms and Fire Alarms

Combination Smoke and CO Alarm 147083364Smoke alarms and fire alarms are among the many emergency alarms for home security systems that maintain life safety, which is a critical component of home security. Reportedly home fires in our country result in property losses of over $7 billion annually, which may have been prevented with the right home security products. The vast majority of fire deaths in the United States occur in house fires, and most of these are actually not from the fires themselves but from the smoke, which produces carbon monoxide and can completely incapacitate victims in minutes. In fact, asphyxiation causes three times as many deaths from fires as burns. That is why smoke detectors are so important – because they can monitor and warn against the presence of smoke and dangerous gases to keep you safe from harm.

How They Work

Some detectors are usually very affordable; they can be as cheap as seven dollars. They usually run on a single 9 volt battery or on a 120 volt electrical current. For newer homes, it is required that they are both electrically wired and have a battery backup, as well as that they are interconnected so that if there’s a problem, all the alarms go off together to warn you wherever you are in the house. These devices basically come with two major components: a loud, electric alarm and the sensor with which to sense the presence of smoke. When the detector detects smoke, the alarm will go off, alerting everyone in the house and waking those who are asleep.

Where to Install Them

diagram-146967394The strongest recommendation for smoke alarms is to make sure to place them at least on every floor and if possible, in every bedroom. This is to allow the maximum amount of space to be covered so that if there is a fire, it will be immediately detected. Laws will vary depending on the state or the locale in which you live; these might require additional detectors or specific rules about where to install them in your home. The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72) will provide more information on the subject. In more general terms, most developed countries have fairly standard rules for placement, specifically that there be a smoke alarm on every level of the home. The United States requires by law that there be one installed near unto every bedroom and on every level. It is also a good idea to install smoke detectors within your kitchen, as the kitchen is the source of most house fires due to the heat used for cooking and kitchen appliances. When placing a smoke alarm in the house, make sure to place it on the ceiling and near a door or stairway. This is because smoke rises and seeks for a way out, so it is the first place the smoke will go to before dissipating from the area.

Smoke alarms and fire alarms may be a nuisance on occasion (like when their batteries go out and they begin chirping madly), but more often than not they save lives. Do not underestimate the significance of having these emergency devices in your home.