Where do I install smoke detectors?
Because smoke rises, mount detectors high on a wall or on the ceiling. Wall-mounted units should be hung 6 to 12 inches from the ceiling. A ceiling-mounted detector should be attached at least 6 inches from the nearest wall. In rooms with pitched ceilings, mount the detector at or near the ceiling's highest point. Do not place detectors within 6 inches of where the wall and ceiling meet, on either surface. This is a "dead air" space that gets little air circulation. Instructions for installation and placement should accompany the unit, and you should follow these instructions precisely.

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1. Why do I need smoke detectors?
2. How many smoke detectors do I need or are required?
3. How do I choose a detector?
4. Why do I get false alarms?
5. Where do I install smoke detectors?
6. How do I test the smoke detector?
7. When do I replace the smoke detector battery?
8. When do I replace the smoke detector?
9. Do I clean my smoke detector?
10. What do I do when the detector alarms?