Where to install a smoke detector for optimal safety?

  • Basically, it is recommended to install a detector on each floor of your home, near your bedrooms. In the case of a corridor longer than 10 m, the installation of a smoke detector at each end will be necessary.
  • Likewise, it is a good idea to install several if your home has a large area. On the other hand, if one of the occupants of the house smokes in their room, it is not recommended to add one in that room, it is better to add a smoke detector in the hallway.
  • For enhanced protection against the risk of fire, you can opt for the installation of a detector in each of your rooms, provided that certain recommendations are respected with regard to their location. In fact, a smoke detector should not be fixed in the following places:
  • In a room where the temperatures are too low (below 4 ° C) or close to a source of too much heat (above 45 ° C) because this disrupts the proper functioning of the detector;
  • In a shower room (kitchen, bathroom, laundry room);
  • In an area with the potential draft (near a window, ventilation, air conditioner or heater);
  • In a room where fumes, unrelated to a possible domestic fire, are produced (near cooking appliances, fireplaces, boilers, or due to car exhaust fumes);
  • In places that are too dusty.

Where not to install a smoke detector?

We recommend that you do not install a smoke detector in the following cases:

  • Outdoors
  • In a place where the alarm would be difficult to hear (room with a closed-door)
  • In a place where the detector would be difficult to reach, especially for carrying out tests
  • In a place where the temperature is below 4 ° C or above 45 ° C
  • In a place where humidity is less than 10% or greater than 95% (bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, etc.)
  • In a place subject to large and/or rapid variations in temperature, pressure, or humidity
  • In a place where the sun shines directly on the detector
  • In a dusty or dirty place (garage, workshop, etc.)
  • In a place infested with insects
  • In a place where parasitic fumes could disturb the smoke detector: kitchen, fireplace, garages (exhaust gas),
    stoves, boilers, combustion heaters, etc.
  • Near heating appliances, windows, ventilation openings, air conditioners, fans, or any other equipment
    can generate air flows
  • Near a place that is warmer or colder than the rest of the room (uninsulated walls, hatches, etc.)