Installing a smoke alarm

Job description:

Installing a smoke alarm in your property can significantly increase your safety by giving early warning of a fire outbreak.Building Regulations now require the installation of automatic smoke detectors to new dwellings and loft conversion. Installing a detector is very simple: 2 screws are sufficient. The big question is where should you install a smoke detector? When you are buying the detectors, check that they comply with BS 5446 Part1.

Skill level: 1 – Beginner

Materials required:

  • Screwdriver

Step by step guide to installing your smoke alarm:

1. Place a smoke alarm in each room occupied or where you are able to hear the alarm. Indeed, the majority of deadly fires occur at night.

2. Install a detector in rooms where smokers sleep, because the risk of fire increases.

3. Also place a detector on the stairs or hallways: they often overlook several rooms, and in case of fire, the smoke goes up just like in a fireplace.

4. You can also place a detector in every room where electrical appliances are used (living room,office...).

5. Do not place a detector in the kitchen, near the cooking zones, which could trigger the smoke detector unexpectedly , at each meal preparation, or in the bathroom because of the steam.

6. Smoke rising into the air, you must install the smoke alarms on the ceiling, preferably in the middle of the room.

7. Smoke detectors should preferably be fitted to the ceiling in a central position and at least 300mm from any wall or light fitting.

8. Lay at least one alarm per floor, every 7-meter in a corridor.

9. Avoid areas where the temperature is below 4 ° C or above 37 ° C. Do not install smoke detectors in your bathroom or your garage: the steam and exhaust smoke may cause false alarms.

10. Similarly, the "electronic noise" made by some fluorescent lights is able to activate them.

11. Also avoid the proximity of heaters, windows, air conditioners and ceiling fans. If you place the sensor into a highly ventilated area, it may fail to work.

12. Choose inter connectable smoke detectors (wired or wireless): all your alarms will sound at the same time. This will facilitate the fight against fire or the evacuation of the premises.

Place the detector in an easily accessible place to facilitate the maintenance of the appliance.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.