Builder's Tip: The Best Place to Put Smoke Detectors
Every 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 donít bother.
Hereís 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 stairís rope. Now the detector is right at eye level.
ó Joseph Guarino, via e-mail
Tips & Techniques provided by Fine Homebuilding.
©2005 The Taunton Press
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