Where do I install a new detector?
Installing smoke detectors is rather easy. Try to find a place on a ceiling to install a smoke detector remember, smoke rises). If a ceiling doesn't work, you can install a smoke detector on the wall, but the top of the detector should be no closer to the ceiling than 4 inches and it should be no lower than 12 inches. If the detector is located on the wall and it is outside of this 4-inch to 12-inch window, it may not pick up the smoke until it is too late.

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1. Are smoke detectors really that important?
2. What kind of maintenance do I need to perform on a smoke detector?
3. Where do I install a new detector?
4. Do smoke detectors ever need to be replaced?
5. I've heard a lot about carbon monoxide (CO). Is it really that bad? If so, what can I do about it?
6. I've been thinking about purchasing a fire extinguisher for my home. What kind of extinguisher should I buy? Where should I put it?
7. I have other questions about home fire safety. Who should I call for help?