Where do I install smoke alarms?

Install smoke alarms in:

  • Each level of your home, including the basement
  • Every bedroom
  • Hallways leading to the bedrooms

Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling 4" from the wall, and wall mounts should be 4 to 12" from the ceiling. Do not install near draft areas (windows, vents).

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You can call our Community Risk Reduction Division at 831-685-6690, ext. 115 if you are unsure about placement.

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1. How can you avoid carbon monoxide poisoning?
2. What is the best carbon monoxide alarm to use? Are there different kinds?
3. Where do I install my new carbon monoxide alarm?
4. How often do carbon monoxide alarms need to be changed?
5. Where do I install smoke alarms?
6. How often should I replace the batteries in my smoke alarm?
7. What maintenance do my smoke alarms need?