How Many Smoke Detectors Should Be In A Home?

Should you have a smoke detector in every room?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement. Fire detectors should also be installed inside of every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area. There is no such thing as having too many smoke alarms in your home!

How many smoke detectors do I need?

If you have a door to the basement stairs or an upper floor, you need one detector on each side of it. If your house is bigger than 1,000 square feet — excluding an attached garage — you need a detector for every 500 square feet and it has to be no further than 30 feet away from another detector.

How many smoke alarms and fire extinguishers should be in each home?

Placement of Smoke Alarms

And because smoke in one area may not reach a smoke alarm in another, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends placement of at least one smoke alarm on every level of the home (including basements), in every bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.

How much area does a smoke detector cover?

In compliance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms will cover a radius of 21 feet, and an area of coverage of 1,385 square feet. The maximum distance between two smoke alarms should be 30 feet.