Do You Know Where to Place Smoke Alarms?

Do You Know Where to Place Smoke Alarms?

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Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 27, 2010

With Daylight Savings coming up (hello an extra hour of sleep on 11/7!), smoke alarms are on our mind. We always make sure to change the battery out twice a year and now is the time! Aside from making sure they work do you know where they should be placed throughout your space?

Home Improvement blog Charles and Hudson recently reminded us of the importance of proper smoke alarm placement. Usually you'll be more than aware of a fire during the daytime hours, so the most important places to install them are places you'd sleep. They tell us bedrooms are first on the list, followed by detached sleeping areas (say a basement where your kids have sleepovers) .

Aside from sleeping areas, make sure you have one on every level of your home and that they are tested monthly. Remember, even if no one has a bedroom in the attic, it's still important in case your Santa statue and other assorted holiday decorations suddenly spark. Check out a few more tidbits over at Charles and Hudson and remember, if you need a smoke detector, you can head to your local hardware or big box retailer and pick them up for less than $10 or swing by your local fire station where they'll usually have them for less — if not free!

Even though they seem annoying (especially when someone forgets bacon is in the oven!), have you had a time where you were grateful for a smoke alarm? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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