Should smoke detectors be on the ceiling or wall?
Should smoke detectors be on the ceiling or wall?

Do smoke detectors have to be mounted on the ceiling?

Smoke alarms should be mounted in or near bedrooms and living areas, either on the ceiling or the wall. Ceiling mounting it is typically preferred as it allows the smoke alarm to be placed more centrally in the room.

What is the best location for smoke detectors?

Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room (or den or family room) or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations.

Why do smoke alarms need to be on the ceiling?

As hot smoke initially rises and then spreads out, smoke alarms should be located on the ceiling. This is so that smoke can reach the detector's sensor chamber as early as possible. If it is not possible to install the smoke detector on the ceiling, the unit can be installed up to 575mm below it.

Where should smoke detectors not be mounted?

11 Places NOT to Put Smoke Alarms – can you name them?

  • Bathrooms.
  • Near Fans.
  • Near Vents, Supply Grills and Registers.
  • Windows and sliding glass doors.
  • Within 4” of wall / ceiling corners.
  • Near Cooking appliances.
  • In Furnace and water heater closets.
  • Near laundry washing machines or dishwashers.

Where in a bedroom should a smoke alarm be placed?

When attaching a smoke alarm to the wall, place it 4.5” from the ceiling. When mounting to the ceiling, mount alarms at least 4” from the wall. Smoke rises, so select the highest point on the ceiling. Avoid mounting smoke alarms near windows or doors, where smoke can escape before triggering the alarm.

Can a smoke alarm go on the wall?

Is it better to install smoke alarms on the ceiling or wall? Ceiling installation is best. Wall mounting is acceptable if your local building codes allow it.

Can a smoke alarm be mounted on a wall?

Most wireless smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are attached securely to the wall or ceiling using screws or adhesive strips. This guide is a generic installation guide for battery operated (wireless) alarms and it will help you to install a screw fitted smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector.

How many smoke detectors should you have in your home?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement. Fire detectors should also be installed inside of every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area.