Ensure Safety of Your Family by Installing Smoke Detectors

Posted on: October 19, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Electrician

How Important To Install A Smoke Detector In Your Home?

Feeling at home also means you need to feel safe. A smoke alarm forms part of that. If there’s a fire, poisonous substances like carbon monoxide are released and there’s a chance that you may be incapacitated, especially at night and if you don’t smell anything or notice anything. So it’s a good idea to protect yourself and your family by installing smoke alarms. They will give you time to fight the fire or to escape. 

This video shows how to Install a Smoke Detector.

How to Install a Smoke Detector

The National Electric Code (NEC) does not require smoke detectors, however, most local codes do. You should have at least one smoke detector on each level of the house. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) states that the best location for a smoke detector is on the ceiling near a doorway or stairway. As fire burns, the smoke rises and seeks the easiest route of escape.

You should also have a smoke detector on the hallway ceiling outside of sleeping areas (bedrooms). Remember to install a separate smoke detector in each sleeping area if you have multiple sleeping areas located in different areas or different levels of the house. Additional smoke detectors in each bedroom is optimal.

 Kitchens are a top priority when choosing locations for smoke detectors. Put one either inside or just outside the kitchen. Smoke from cooking causes nuisance alarms — which are alarms that aren’t caused by actual fires. Nuisance alarms cause people to temporarily disconnect or remove the battery to silence the smoke detector. Unfortunately, people often forget to reconnect the alarm, often with tragic consequences.

How to do it: Smoke Detector Installation

Step1: Most homes will require two or more smoke alarms to ensure that a reliable early warning is given. Your first smoke alarm should be located between the sleeping area and the most likely sources of fire (living room or kitchen for example). Avoid placing your smoke alarm near windows or doors where smoke might escape.

Step2: Don’t place your smoke alarm in any of the following areas: Bathrooms, kitchens, shower rooms, where the smoke alarm may be triggered by steam, condensation, normal smoke or fumes.

Step3A: This Smoke Alarm here is battery operated and needs no wiring. It also has a light which can help you find an exit in the case of a fire. Pull cover open. Remove cover from the base by separating at the rear snap-in hinges Place the base on ceiling or wall exactly where you want to mount the unit. Use a Multi-Purpose Detector to ensure there are no hazards. With a pencil, mark the location of the screw holes

Step3B: If you have located a stud then secure with wood screws, otherwise, drill a hole through the marked locations. Push your rawl plugs into the drilled holes. Place the detector in position and screw in firmly. Snap battery connectors to the battery and gently push the battery into the battery holder. To close the cover match up snap-in hinges and gently press together until base and cover snap together.

Step4: Finally test the installed smoke alarm and remember to test your smoke alarm monthly. You should change the batteries twice a year, a good time to do this is when the clocks go forward and back. Make sure to hire a qualified electrician if you are installing a smoke alarm that will be connected to your house’s main electric system.


Are your home and family protected from accidental fires? If not, then it is time to install smoke alarms. Since most accidental fires happen at night, installing smoke detectors in your home is one of the effective ways to save the lives of your family from fires. Aside from the obvious benefit of installing a smoke alarm read on to know the other reasons why it is important to invest in smoke alarms. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.

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