Hi Joe, We bought a new battery operated smoke detector and want to know if we have to install them at the top of the stairwell or is there another acceptable spot? Since we want to change the batteries twice a year, we are concerned about how we can safely get up there. Thanks, Harvey
Hello Harvey Since smoke detectors have a life span of about 10 years, replacing older units is a good idea. The Fire Marshal recommends
that you should install your smoke alarm in the hallway either on the ceiling, close to the ceiling, in or near the centre of the room.
• Do not install in the “dead space” which might be created in the corners. • Do not install alarms near doors, windows, ceiling fans or vents. • Don’t forget to change the batteries annually. A good habit to adopt is to change them in November when you set your clocks back to Standard Time. • Never paint Smoke Alarms
It is mandatory in Ontario to install a Carbon Monoxide detector in the basement and if you have a room over your garage,
it is a good idea to install one there also. Many carbon units are available as plug-in units and are usually installed, near the floor.
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Carbon Monoxide Alarm Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent, deadly killer, its colourless, odourless, tasteless gas and weighs almost the same as air. CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices.