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Placement of Smoke Alarms

Buying Guide: Choose the Right Safety Products for Your Home

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    Garage/Workshop
    Fire Extinguisher

    Due to the volume of flammable liquids normally present in garages and workshops, a higher rated fire extinguisher is recommended. This fire extinguisher fights fires common to the garage and workshop such as paint, wood, gasoline & energized electrical equipment.

    Kidde Garage/Workshop Fire Extinguisher

    An Automobile Fire Extinguisher is also recommended.

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    Living Area - CO Alarm

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. Look for location-specific CO alarm models designed to protect living areas. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested model: KN-COP-DP-10YL

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    At a minimum, industry experts recommend a carbon monoxide alarm be installed on each level of the home -- ideally on any level with fuel burning appliances and outside of sleeping areas.

    Suggested model: KN-COP-DP-10YL

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    Carbon Monoxide Alarm

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats - Fire and CO - in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested model: KN-COP-DP-10YL

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    At a minimum, industry experts recommend a carbon monoxide alarm be installed on each level of the home -- ideally on any level with fuel burning appliances and outside of sleeping areas.

    Suggested model: KN-COP-DP-10YL

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    1st Floor - Fire Extinguisher

    Place fire extinguishers within reach on every level of your home. For your main home protection, install a 2-A: 10-B:C rated living area unit on every level of your home. Install close to exits, and in the kitchen and garage. Include all locations where a fire may start. Check the gauge monthly to be sure it is pressurized.

    Suggested Model: Pro210

    Or, select a fire extinguisher

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    Heat Alarm

    The Kidde HD135F is a 120V AC Wire In Heat Alarm that responds to temperature rather than smoke. The alarm will sound if temperatures rise above 135° F and is interconnectable (see details).

    Select the Kidde Heat Alarm

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    The Kidde HD135F is interconnectable: the interconnect system must not exceed the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) limit of 18 initiating devices (Smoke, heat, CO, etc) interconnected, it is still possible to interconnect 6 strobe lights and or relay modules.

    Select the Kidde Heat Alarm

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    Kitchen - Carbon Monoxide Alarm

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested model: KN-COEG-3, C3010D

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    At a minimum, industry experts recommend a CO alarm be installed on each level of the home--ideally on any level with fuel burning appliances and outside of sleeping areas.

    Suggested model: KN-COEG-3, C3010D

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    Bedroom - Smoke Alarm

    Look for location-specific smoke alarm models designed to protect bedroom areas. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats - Fire and CO - in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested battery models: P3010B, P3010CU

    Suggested hardwired models: I12010S, KN-COSM-IBA

    Or, select a smoke alarm

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    According to the NFPA, smoke alarms should be placed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. In addition, industry experts recommend having both photoelectric and ionization alarms for optimal protection against flaming and smoldering fires.

    Suggested battery models: P3010B, P3010CU

    Suggested hardwired models: I12010S, KN-COSM-IBA

    Or, select a smoke alarm

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    Bedroom - Carbon Monoxide Alarm

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. Look for location-specific CO alarm models designed to protect bedroom areas. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats - Fire and CO - in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested model: KN-COP-DP-10YB

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    At a minimum, industry experts recommend a carbon monoxide alarm be installed on each level of the home -- ideally on any level with fuel burning appliances and outside of sleeping areas.

    Suggested model: KN-COP-DP-10YB

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    Hallway - Carbon Monoxide Alarm

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. Look for location-specific CO alarm models designed to protect hallway areas. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats - Fire and CO - in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested model: KN-COP-DP-10YH

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    At a minimum, industry experts recommend a carbon monoxide alarm be installed on each level of the home -- ideally on any level with fuel burning appliances and outside of sleeping areas.

    Suggested model: KN-COP-DP-10YH

    Or, select a carbon monoxide alarm

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    Hallway - Smoke Alarm

    Look for location-specific smoke alarm models designed to protect hallway areas. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats - Fire and CO - in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested battery models: P3010H, I9080, P3010CU

    Suggested hardwired models: I12080, KN-COSM-IBA

    Or, select a smoke alarm

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    According to the NFPA, smoke alarms should be placed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. In addition, industry experts recommend having both photoelectric and ionization alarms for optimal protection against flaming and smoldering fires.

    Suggested battery models: P3010H, I9080, P3010CU

    Suggested hardwired models: I12080, KN-COSM-IBA

    Or, select a smoke alarm
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    Living Area - Smoke Alarm

    Look for location-specific smoke alarm models designed to protect living areas. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats - Fire and CO - in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested battery models: P3010L, I9010, P3010CU

    Suggested hardwired models: I12010S, I12010SCO

    Or, select a smoke alarm

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    According to the NFPA, smoke alarms should be placed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. In addition, industry experts recommend having both photoelectric and ionization alarms for optimal protection against flaming and smoldering fires.

    Suggested battery models: P3010L, I9010, P3010CU

    Suggested hardwired models: I12010S, I12010SCO

    Or, select a smoke alarm

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    Smoke Alarm

    Look for location-specific smoke alarm models designed to protect specified areas. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats - Fire and CO - in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested models: I9010, P3010CU

    Or, Select from all smoke alarms

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    According to the NFPA, smoke alarms should be placed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. In addition, industry experts recommend having both photoelectric and ionization alarms for optimal protection against flaming and smoldering fires.

    Suggested models: I9010, P3010CU

    Or, Select from all smoke alarms

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    Kitchen - Smoke Alarm

    Look for location-specific smoke alarm models designed to protect the kitchen area. Combination alarms offer protection from two deadly threats - Fire and CO - in one unit. (see details).

    Suggested battery models: P3010K-CO, P3010CU

    Suggested hardwired models: P12040, KN-COPE-IC

    Or, select a smoke alarm

    Product Details

    According to the NFPA, smoke alarms should be placed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. In addition, industry experts recommend having both photoelectric and ionization alarms for optimal protection against flaming and smoldering fires.

    Suggested battery models: P3010K-CO, P3010CU

    Suggested hardwired models: P12040, KN-COPE-IC

    Or, select a smoke alarm

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    2nd Floor - Fire Exinguisher

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides minimum recommendations for the home: Primary Fire Extinguishers - For your main home protection, install a 2-A:10-B:C rated extinguisher on every level of your home - no more than 40 feet apart. Include all locations where a fire may start.

    Suggested Model: Pro210

    Or, select a fire extinguisher

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    Bedroom - Escape Ladder

    Experts recommend one escape ladder in every occupied room on floors above the main level. Available in 13-foot and 25-foot models, Kidde Escape Ladders offer a quick and easy escape from two or three-story homes. These life-saving ladders store compactly, deploy quickly, and keep you prepared for the possibility of fire and other emergencies.

    Select an escape ladder

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    Kitchen Fire Extinguisher

    The Kidde kitchen fire extinguisher (RESSP) is the only special purpose fire extinguisher that is UL Listed to 711A (residential cooking equipment) and meets NFPA 10. The proprietary nozzle design (patent pending) allows a broad, dispersed discharge of agent that delivers a high volume, low velocity delivery of dry chemical.

    Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher

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    Fire Exinguisher

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides minimum recommendations for the home: Primary Fire Extinguishers - For your main home protection, install a 2-A:10-B:C rated extinguisher on every level of your home - no more than 40 feet apart. Include all locations where a fire may start.

    Suggested Model: Pro210

    Or, select a fire extinguisher

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Placement of Smoke Alarms

In a typical home fire, occupants have just minutes to escape. 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) and in every bedroom , and outside each sleeping area. The NFPA also recommends interconnection of alarms to provide better whole-home protection than stand-alone alarms. Leading authorities recommend that both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms be installed to help insure maximum detection of the various types of fires that can occur within the home. Ionization sensing alarms may detect invisible fire particles (associated with fast flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms. Photoelectric sensing alarms may detect visible fire particles (associated with slow smoldering fires) sooner than ionization alarms.
 
Kidde smoke alarms are rigorously tested and are approved for use in any room in the house as specified by the user guide. Some alarms have added features which may make them more beneficial for certain areas. For examples, a model with super-bright LEDs can help illuminate a hallway escape path, or a model with voice warning in a bedroom can reduce confusion by informing of the danger with specific voice messages. Near the kitchen, a model with an intelligent algorithm may help reduce nuisance alarms. 

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Combination Smoke/CO Alarms

A combination Smoke/CO Alarm makes it easy to provide both types of protection throughout the home. Industry experts recommend a CO alarm be installed on each level of the home - ideally on any level with fuel burning appliances and outside of sleeping areas. Therefore, a combination alarm can satisfy one of your smoke alarm location requirements as well as a carbon monoxide location.

The Kidde Intelligent Alarm combines the detection capabilities of an ionization smoke sensor with that of an electrochemical sensor, which is used to detect CO. Since carbon monoxide is present in all fires, having both detection chambers work together in one alarm is a breakthrough in the fire safety industry. When either sensor notices a potential hazard, it will communicate with the other. Depending on what is detected, the alarm will adjust its smoke sensitivity in order to better discriminate between a real hazard and a false one. This constant communication enhances the alarm’s overall performance in all fires, and significantly reduces the potential for a nuisance alarm. 

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Heat Alarms

Heat alarms are not suitable for fire detection by themselves, and must be used as part of a smoke alarm system. In some areas of the house, it may be beneficial to use a heat alarm that senses fire by air temperature, rather than a smoke alarm that senses particles in the air. The installation of heat alarms in attics, furnace rooms or garages is recommended, since these locations occasionally experience conditions that can result in improper operation of smoke alarms. Heat Alarms are designed to alarm when presented with a certain temperature at the alarm. They will not react to smoke and should not be used to replace smoke alarms, but as a supplement to a complete smoke alarm system.

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Placement of Fire Extinguishers

Ideal Locations- Kidde has designed some fire extinguishers with features that specifically address these types of dangers. For example, Kidde's kitchen fire extinguisher has a proprietary nozzle design that allows a broad, dispersed discharge of agent that delivers a high volume, low velocity delivery of dry chemical. This is the only fire extinguisher UL-Listed for residential cooking equipment. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides minimum recommendations for the home:
 
Step 1: Choose Primary Fire Extinguishers (Must-Have)
For your main home protection install a 2-A:10-B-C rated extinguisher on every level of your home - no more than 40 feet apart. This could include locations such as living areas, garages, and workshops.
 
Step 2: Choose Supplementary Fire Extinguishers (Should Have)
The kitchen is the likeliest place you will have a fire. Protect special locations in your home with a UL rated fire extinguisher.
 

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As a global leader in fire safety equipment, Kidde offers a wide range of smoke alarm options. To find the right solutions for your home Browse Kidde's Smoke Alarms today.