Smoke detectors should be installed both inside and outside each bedroom on every level of a home – including the basement – including each bedroom’s entrance area and on every ceiling in which smoke enters a room. Since smoke tends to spread quickly upon entry, ceiling-mounted smoke detectors would provide greater coverage.
Keep in mind that smoke detectors must be placed away from air ducts, windows and any areas which might create drafts that block smoke from reaching its alarm system. Linking wireless or wired smoke detectors together ensures that if one fire alarm goes off, all will immediately sound to alert you of danger.
At minimum, your home should contain at least one smoke detector on every level – including the basement – including bedrooms and outside sleeping areas to protect your family from fire and carbon monoxide hazards. Smart and interconnected smoke detectors may provide extra peace of mind for overall home protection from fire or CO exposure.
Living rooms are typically found near the front of the house and make for an excellent space to host visitors or just unwind with family. Living rooms tend to be larger than family rooms found towards the rear of most homes.
Both spaces can feature luxurious furniture pieces and eye-catching decor pieces like an eye-catching coffee table or plush tufted couch, making a statement in both traditional and modern settings alike. However, when designing an effective living room it all comes down to functionality and purpose – nothing else matters more!
An effective smoke alarm in every bedroom is key to reducing home fire deaths. A typical room can be consumed by flames in under 29 minutes, so early detection gives you and your family time to escape safely from the house and save lives. Use photoelectric or ionization alarms in every bedroom; be wary of placing alarms near ceiling fans as these may trigger false alarms; keep alarms easily accessible; test them monthly and change batteries twice annually for optimal performance.
Most home fires occur overnight while people sleep, with most deaths from home fires being the result of inhaling toxic gases released by burning structures. You should install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (or combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors) on every level of your home including basement and attic levels as well as each bedroom or hallway leading directly into them; additionally one should also be installed above any fuel-burning appliances like water heaters, furnaces or gas stoves in the garage area.
Hallways often go unnoticed, yet are essential to keeping your home secure. Therefore, making them as visually pleasing and inviting as possible should be top priority.
Mirrored dressers like the one seen here can add depth and dimension to a narrow hallway, drawing attention away from its size by layering up interesting decor pieces that reflect your individual sense of style. By keeping the palette neutral, keep things from feeling too small or confining while layering in some eye-catching decor pieces that show your sense of personal taste.
Be sure to install a smoke alarm in any bedroom that leads directly into a hallway, as well as any room along the path between sleeping areas and exterior doors, such as great rooms or unfinished basements. A smart smoke detector can save lives by detecting smoke quickly and notifying either your home’s hub or an external monitoring service about any suspicious odors; look for one equipped with both ionization and photoelectric sensors for optimal fire detection.
For your own safety and that of those around you, install smoke alarms on each level of the house – including basement levels – with bedrooms. This ensures everyone can hear an alarm in case a fire breaks out even in one.
When installing smoke detectors near kitchens or bathrooms, ensure the type of sensor selected is appropriate to those environments to prevent unwanted false alarms (e.g. from toast burning). Photoelectric smoke detectors may be particularly effective at detecting slow-burning fires than faster burning ones; photoelectric detectors have the added bonus of more likely picking up smoke smoldering fires than faster-burning fires detected by ionization sensors.
Smoke detectors should generally be mounted to the ceiling; however, in situations where this isn’t possible such as multifunctional living spaces and bedrooms without ceiling space. When wall-mounted, smoke detectors should be located within several inches of the ceiling for optimal airflow.