Smoke Alarm Requirements: 

  • 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. 
  • Smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level. 
  • Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking. 
  • Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Wall-mounted alarms should be installed not more than 12 inches away from the ceiling (to the top of the alarm). 
  • If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of the peak (four inches down from the peak). 

 

 

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