The Best Place to Put Smoke Detectors


Fine Homebuilding's Tips & TechniquesEvery year, people who have battery-powered smoke detectors in their homes are put at risk because the batteries die and nobody bothers to replace them.

I think this happens because the detectors have to be mounted high in the room and home owners typically need a ladder or a stepstool to reach them, so they don´t bother.

Here´s a location that is both high and accessible ? the hatch cover to a pull-down attic stair.

To change the battery or check its operation, simply pull on the stair´s rope. Now the detector is right at eye level.

- Joseph Guarino, via e-mail

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