How Many Smoke Alarms Should I Have in My Home?
You might not think about your home’s smoke alarms on a daily basis. But protecting yourself and your family from life-threatening fires should be a necessary priority and precaution you take. Between candles burning, electrical outlets, cooking on your stovetop, your heating system in the winter, and an endless list of other scenarios, there are many ways a fire can start in your home unexpectedly.
Having the proper amount of home smoke alarms is key to your family’s safety; the more you have, the sooner they will detect danger, giving you and your family more escape time in case a fire occurs. Whether you know it or not, your home might not be up to fire safety standards, especially if your house is an older model. Over the years, requirements have evolved to improve home safety.
The More, the Better
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), at a minimum, your home must have a smoke alarm installed in every bedroom or outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home, including the basement. If a floor doesn’t have any bedrooms, install alarms in the living room, family room, den or near the stairway. Home smoke alarms should also be installed at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to avoid false alarms when cooking. Larger homes require even more smoke alarms.
Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button and make sure you never paint them or place stickers on them. This could deter them from working. You should also never place them close to windows, doors or other drafty areas; the drafts in these areas could stop them from working properly. Lastly, check them regularly to make sure they are clear of dust and debris.
First Alert Can Answer Your Smoke Alarm Questions
House fires are an extremely scary and dangerous scenario that no family should have to face. Taking the proper steps to ensure your home smoke alarm system is up-to-par will serve you well in the long run. If you have questions about your home’s smoke alarms, First Alert is happy to answer your questions and guide you throughout your safety journey.