PLACEMENT FOR SMOKE DETECTORS
KEARNY COUNTY BUILDING AND ZONING
KEARNY COUNTY FIRE CHIEF
THIS FOR EXISTING HOMES ONLY NEW CONSTRUCTION IS DIFFERENT
Because one of the primary goals of a smoke detector is to alert people to a fire when sleeping, it especially important to have smoke detectors installed inside or near each bedroom in a home. In homes with bedrooms located off a short hallway, one smoke detector will likely be sufficient. In longer hallways of more than 30 feet place a detector every 30 feet. When bedrooms in a home are spread out or on different levels, place a smoke detector outside of each bedroom.
A smoke detector should be placed on each level of a home. In homes with an attached garage, a smoke detector should also be placed in the garage. And also at the top of each stairwells.
There are places in homes where you should not place smoke detectors. For example near wood stoves because false alarms are likely. And if you install one in the kitchen, make sure it is as far away from the cooking area as possible.
There are two different types of smoke alarms for residential homes battery operated; wireless and hardwire. For existing homes battery operated and wireless is sufficient; on new construction and remodel hardwired detectors is a requirement.
If you need more information please contact the Building Inspector (Jim Brewer) or the Kearny County Fire Chief (Ron Jones)
Jim Brewer: 620-355-6414 Ron Jones: 620-355-1864