Where to Place the Smoke and Heat Sensor

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There’s more to your home alarm system than just intrusion detection. It’s also capable of detecting environmental hazards, such as smoke and fire.

This can be very helpful, as fires can cause incredible amounts of damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States in 2014, causing 3,275 civilian deaths, 15,775 civilian injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage.

The Frontpoint Smoke and Heat Sensor is able to detect smoke, heat and even when the temperature rises too fast. And unlike the smoke detector that comes pre-installed in your home, the Smoke and Heat Sensor is monitored. If there is a fire, whether your home or not, help will be on the way.

Because the Smoke and Heat Sensor isn’t pre-installed, you’re free to place it wherever you want. Be careful, placement matters. If you purchased Smoke and Heat Sensors and aren’t sure where to place them, here are some tips to finding the optimal spot.

Keep It High

Smoke and heat rises, making it natural to place the Smoke and Heat Sensor high. Ideally, it should be on the ceiling, but a high point on a wall will work also. Make sure that you do not place it too close to area where the wall and ceiling meet.

If the room has a pitched ceiling (pointed), do not place the sensor at the very top where wall meets wall. Place it at least a foot below that point.

The Ideal Room

The room in any household that needs a Smoke and Heat Sensor is the bedroom. And not just any bedroom – all of them. The NFPA recommends that homeowners have a smoke detector inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level.

This also means that having multiple sensors is a key to fire safety. A single sensor won’t adequately cover the typical single-family home.

Places to Avoid

Certain areas of the home are not adequate for the Smoke and Heat Sensor. The first place to avoid is the kitchen. All the smoke caused by cooking can easily trigger an alarm, making it a less than ideal place for your sensor.

The Smoke and Heat Sensor should also not be placed in or near a bathroom. Shower and bath steam can be interpreted by the detector as a smoke.

If you have a fireplace, it’s okay to place the sensor in the same room. It’s important to ensure that the Smoke and Heat Sensor isn’t placed too close to the fireplace as the heat might trigger it. Place it closer to the end of the room, opposite of the fireplace.

Questions are Welcome

We hope this helps you place or reposition your Smoke and Heat Sensors. If you remain unsure about where to place them, don’t hesitate to ask – we’re here to help.

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  1. Donald C Kowalewski

    If one smoke/heat sensor activates, will all the sensors alarm or just the activated one?

    • Katie Rynex

      Thanks for reaching out Donald! In the event of a fire, only the sensor that detects the raise in heat/fire will go into an alarm. Thank you for reaching out!

  2. William

    What about room with ceiling fans, where the recommendation place?

    • Katie Rynex

      That’s a great question William, instead of placing the sensor on the ceiling, you should place it at the highest point of the wall; just below the ceiling. This will ensure that the smoke can still reach the sensor. We hope this was helpful!

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