When should a smoke detector be replaced?

Answer A smoke detector needs to be replaced after about 8 to 10 years of use. This applies to both battery-powered smoke detectors and hard-wired smoke detectors. Also, the batteries of both kinds of smo... Read More »

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Where should a smoke detector be placed in a home?

There should be a smoke detector outside of each sleeping area, and additional detectors on each level of the house, including basements. If there is more than 40 feet between the sleeping area and... Read More »

How often should you change your smoke detector battery?

Check your smoke detector once a month to ensure it's working properly, and change the batteries once a year.Source:US Consumer Product Safety Commission

What type of fire alarm / smoke detector should I buy?

On One Hand: Photoelectric AlarmA photoelectric smoke alarm is more responsive to long smoldering fires. This makes it ideal for kitchen and bathroom areas where nuisance alarms are more likely to ... Read More »

How far should a smoke detector be placed from a recessed light?

Install smoke alarms at least 12 inches from any light fixtures. They should also not be put near any sources of heat, such as a kitchen or fireplace, which may accidentally set them off. This giv... Read More »