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POWER STROKE 09-16-2012 09:37 PM

Electric Smoke Alarms
I am rewiring a new house I bought, Where does every one prefer to put their smoke alarms? On the ceiling or on the wall?

joecaption 09-16-2012 09:41 PM

On the ceiling.

ddawg16 09-16-2012 09:56 PM

When in doubt....follow those written instructions included in the box.

But as Joe says....ceiling is better....but....there are constraints as to how close you can be to a wall.... the instructions....I know it goes against the man code....but sometimes you have to do it....

frenchelectrican 09-17-2012 12:55 AM

Most case ceiling but this part for smoke alarm placement this you will have to read the manufacter installment sheet for this and by the way the specfic rules about smoke alarm generally will be found in IRC ( International Resdential Code ) plus there will be your state / local addtional code requirment it may show up.

But try not to put it near the bathroom or kitchens that the two are they will trip by cooking smoke or steam from the shower / bathtub will trip them.


JasperST 09-17-2012 07:48 AM

Also, try to avoid placing one near an air supply or return duct. Particulates in the air could set it off.

Jim Port 09-17-2012 08:52 AM

The alarms will be more effective when ceiling mounted as smoke rises and hits the ceiling first. It would need to build down to hit a wall mounted alarm.

You need to be 3 foot away from a supply or return duct or ceiling fan.

firsttimeremode 09-17-2012 11:19 AM

Mine will be hung on the wall, simply because thats where the electrical boxes are installed. If you are redoing wiring anyway, id say the ceiling

electures 09-17-2012 01:32 PM

Ceiling and in accordance with the manufacturuers installation instructions.

POWER STROKE 09-17-2012 07:46 PM

thanks every one for your help and replies

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