How to Install a Smoke Detector

The first line of defense that will help alert you and your family of a fire is a smoke detector. Some factors to consider when purchasing a smoke detector are the type of detector, the location of installation, how many you need in your home and general maintenance of the fire alarm. First Alert is the number one brand in fire safety, and our top priority is the safety of your home and family. If you need guidance on how to install a smoke detector, check out these helpful tips below to help choose the best smoke alarm for your home and family.

1. Choose Your Smoke Alarm

There are many different types of fire and smoke detectors from which you can choose. Different models have different features like 10-year sealed battery smoke alarms, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, battery operated and hardwired alarms. First Alert’s 10-year sealed battery alarm with voice and location technology offers hassle free protection and eliminates the need for battery replacements for the life of the alarm. It is also equipped with voice alerts, letting you know the type and location of danger. First Alert also offers hardwire detectors and most come with convenient adapter plugs making installation in your house is easy and no need to rewire. 

2. Decide Where to Install Smoke Alarms

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke and fire detectors should be installed on every level of your house, in every bedroom and outside every sleeping area. To help avoid nuisance alarms, alarms should be installed at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances. Also, when installing your alarm, place the alarm on the ceiling or high on the wall because smoke rises. When installing an alarm high on the wall, it should not be placed more than 12 inches from the ceiling.  Also, avoid installing detectors near windows or air ducts, as this could hinder their performance.

3. Install Your Smoke Detectors

To install your alarm, you will need a pencil, drill (with a 3/16” or 5mm drill bit), Phillips screwdriver, and a hammer. To begin installing, mark drill points on the ceiling no less than 8 inches from the nearest wall. Next, drill holes, mount the alarm to the mounting bracket and twist the alarm into place. Screw on the base plate and insert any necessary batteries into the detector. Now that you know how to install a smoke detector in your house, browse our website to shop a variety of smoke detectors to help protect what matters most.