Where must I install my residential smoke alarm?

Most battery-powered smoke alarms can be easily installed by the home owner or a maintenance contractor and do not require professional installation. Hard-wired smoke alarms, however, will need to be installed by a licensed professional. 

Always install a smoke alarm in accordance with their instructions. They are usually most effective when located on the ceiling, preferably away from walls and fitings. The best locations are in hallways leading from bedrooms and in sleeping areas. 

Since smoke alarms respond to airborne particles other than smoke, it is better not to install them in kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and garages. If possible, avoid areas with strong drafts. 

Note: If a garage etc is a separate level a smoke alarm must be installed.

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1. What is a Fire Safety Certificate?
2. What is an Annual Fire Safety Statement?
3. What is a fire safety measure?
4. Why must I have my premises inspected?
5. How do I lodge my Fire Safety Statement?
6. What will happen if I do not submit a Fire Safety Statement?
7. What type of residential smoke alarm do I need?
8. Where must I install my residential smoke alarm?