How to Install a Smoke Detector

How to Install a Smoke Detector

One of the first lines of defense that will alert you and your family of a fire is a smoke detector. When purchasing a smoke detector, some factors to consider are the type of detector, the location of installation, how many you should have, and the general maintenance of the alarm. First Alert is the number one brand in home safety and the safety of homes and families are our number one priority. Use this information as a general guideline on how to install your smoke detector, and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have along the way!

Choosing Smoke Alarms

There are many different types of smoke alarms from which you can choose. Different models have different features like photoelectric and ionization detectors, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and battery operated or hardwired. This 10-year dual-sensor alarm protects against both smoldering and flaming fires, and it offers a battery life that lasts 10 years! This alarm features ionization smoke-sensing technology with an escape light to make getting out of your home even easier. We also offer this hardwired photoelectric smoke alarm that comes with a battery backup. Browse our site to find some of the best smoke detectors available.

Where to Install Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and outside every sleeping area. . It is important to have them on every level so you get full coverage, including the basement. In order to avoid false alarms going off in your kitchen, install smoke detectors at least 10 feet away from cooking appliances. Keep in mind that smoke rises, so install your smoke detectors high on your walls or ceilings. Avoid installing detectors near windows or air ducts, as this could hinder their performance.


Mark drill points on the ceiling no less than 8 inches from the nearest wall. Next, drill holes and mount the alarm on the ceiling. Screw on the baseplate and insert any necessary batteries. Make sure you press the test button to ensure it is working correctly!

Browse our website to see some of the best smoke detectors that can help protect you and your family. Get in touch with us if you have questions about installation or what alarm is right for you!