Stayton Fire District and OSFM recommends that you install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Choose smoke alarms that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room (or den or family room) or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations.
- Smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level.
- Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking. Long-life photoelectric alarms are also a great option in areas close to the kitchen.
- Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Wall-mounted alarms should be installed not more than 12 inches away from the ceiling (to the top of the alarm).
- If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of the peak (four inches down from the peak).
- Consider installing interconnected (when one sounds they all sound) alarms that have long-life batteries or are hardwired with battery backup
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