Monday, June 4th, 2018 by Susan Hans
No matter where you live, Leechburg, Springdale, Creighton, installing and maintaining smoke detectors is proven to be a vital component to home safety. Many times, homeowners either forget to install them or just do not know how or where to install them. It is recommended that smoke detectors should be installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including basements. On the levels without bedrooms they should be installed in the living room, or near the stairway to the upper level, or both. They should be installed at least 10 feet from cooking appliances, no more than 12 inches away from the ceiling, and if your ceilings are pitched they should be within 3 feet of the peak.
Here are a few DON’Ts of smoke alarms; don’t install them near windows, doors, ducts or where a draft may interfere with the operation. Don’t paint or put stickers on them, it can interfere with their operation. Be certain to keep the manufacturer’s manual for reference if something were to happen.
Here are a few DO’s; your smoke alarms should be tested once a month. You should also be sure that all of the residents living in the home are aware of what they sound like and how to react if needed. Be aware of and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how and when to change the batteries including the type of batteries they recommend for their product.
To assure your properly installed smoke detectors do what they are purposed to do, check and change the batteries!!! “Working smoke detectors save lives!”