Smoke Detector product do’s and don’ts


Place your smoke detector on the ceiling or high on the wall (not more than 12 inches from the ceiling).
For pitched ceilings, install the detector within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of a peak.
Place your smoke detector 20 feet from a cooking area to minimize false alarms.
Always replace your battery with a lithium “123” battery that can be found at your local CVS or hardware store.
Test your smoke detector once a month, by pressing and holding the test button until you hear a beep.
Do develop a Family Escape Plan – draw a map of your home and discuss the plan with everyone in the family identifying all ground floor exits.
Practice your Family Escape Plan at night and during the day with everyone in the home twice a year.
Have an outside meeting place – (like a tree, light pole or mailbox).
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.


Do not install near windows, doors or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
Do not install in very cold or very hot areas.
Do not install in very dusty or dirty areas.
Do not install directly over a sink, cooker, stove or oven.
Do not install outside or in a garage.
Do not install in damp or very humid areas, or near bathrooms with showers.
Do not install in or below a cupboard.
Do not paint smoke detectors.
WARNING:  Never remove battery from smoke detector to stop a nuisance alarm. Open a window or fan the air around the smoke alarm to get rid of the smoke.  The alarm will turn itself off when the smoke is gone.