Smoke Detector




1.Choose smoke detectors evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory.


2.Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.


3.Smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level.


4.If you have ceilings that are pitched, install detectors at least 4 but not more than 36 inches below the peak.


5.Don’t install detectors near doors, windows, or duct outlets where the air flow could interfere with their operation.


6.For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms.  When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.


7.Consider installation of sealed battery 10-year detectors.


8.Don’t paint, decorate, or place stickers on smoke detectors.  These alterations can prevent proper operation.


9.Test all smoke alarms in your house monthly!

Can’t afford a detector?

Many fire departments have teamed up with WNEP, Kidde, and Home Depot to distribute detectors across northeastern and central

Pennsylvania.  You can contact your local fire department to see if they are participating or see