Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where do smoke alarms need to be installed?
Location requirements for smoke alarm installation can vary from area to area, but regulations often require smoke alarms to be installed outside sleeping areas and inside each bedroom. At least one smoke detector should be on every floor of the home, including finished attics and basements. For floors without bedrooms, alarms should instead be placed inside other rooms on that level, such as living rooms, family rooms, dens, etc., as well as near stairways leading up. For kitchens, the smoke alarm should be installed at least 3 meters away from cooking appliances to minimize the chances of a false alarm caused by everyday cooking. With such specific location requirements, it’s best to have a professional help out with planning and execution.
What are some features that can improve my smoke alarms?
Some smoke alarms have the option to interconnect all units in the home. Designed to provide better protection, this is a feature that will program all alarms to sound off when one goes off, and can be done through hard-wiring or through wireless technology.
There is also the option of having smart smoke detectors. Although they can be pricier, they are convenient and allow the homeowner more control. Through an external app, homeowners will be able to manually control their alarms through their smartphones, allowing them to receive alerts when a unit’s battery is running low, as well as providing the option of silencing an alarm.
How do I know if my smoke alarm is still working properly?
Smoke alarms can be tested (and usually should be tested at least once a month for maintenance) by pressing the ‘test’ button on the unit. This will let the homeowner know that there is still battery, and that the alarm sound is functioning as it should.