Smoke Detector Tips for Your Home

Personal LinesWe all know that smoke detectors should be in every home but do you know how many and where they should be placed? Each home is different and the placement of smoke detectors depends on the layout and size of your house and the lifestyle you live.

An inexpensive, small piece of hardware could save your life and lower your homeowner’s insurance premium. At minimum, there should be a smoke detector installed on every floor of the house. It is even better to have one installed near the kitchen, in each bedroom and in the hallway. The amount of smoke detectors also depends on your lifestyle.  For example, if you enjoy fires in the fireplace during the winter, you may want to have more fire alarms installed in the area.

Ideal placement for smoke detectors is at the level of your nose and mouth when you are in bed. For majority of people with children or animals, this is not a great spot. It is too easy to reach and wandering hands and paws can affect the detector’s function. If this is the case, place the detectors on the ceiling, at arm’s reach and away from air conditioning or heating ducts.

As important as smoke detector placement and quantity may be, it is even more important to make sure your alarms have fresh batteries and are working properly by testing them regularly. Protective devices such as smoke detectors can lower your homeowner’s insurance premium. To learn more about how you can protect your family and save on your insurance, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.


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