Smoke & Heat Detectors

Suggested Fire and Carbon Monoxide Sensor and Fire Extinguisher placement for maximum effectiveness and safety for your loved ones.

Detector and Extinguisher Placement in the Home

Prudential Alarm suggests placement of sensors and extinguishers to assure maximum effectiveness and safety for your family.

  • Carbon Monoxide sensors should be placed on each floor of living space. Placing the sensors near potential sources and sleeping areas allows for early detection and alerts, allowing loved ones to seek safety in the event of a triggered alarm.
  • Fire Detectors or Sensors should be placed on each floor in the following areas: basement (if applicable) near any potential source, main living areas, and each of the bedrooms. Fire Sensors including a light source should be placed in the hallways and stairways to assist in the evacuation of your loved ones should the need arise.
  • Fire Extinguishers should be placed in the areas of potential fire sources. Fire extinguishers do vary depending on their intended use (Types) and should be placed accordingly.

Types of Fire Extinguishers by Fire Type

Type A: Combustible Materials

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Cloth
  • Rubber
  • Plastic

Type B: Combustible Fluids

  • Flammable Liquids
  • Grease
  • Paints and Stains
  • Alcohol
  • Gases

Type C: Electrical

  • Short Circuits
  • Overloaded Outlets

Type D: Cooking Media

  • Cooking Oils
  • Cooking Fats or Animal Oils
  • Cooking Alcohols

Fire extinguishers come in two types: Rechargeable and Disposable. Rechargeable extinguishers may be reused after service. Disposable extinguishers must be replaced after the pin is pulled.

Prudential Alarm recommends storing at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home as a companion to our fire detection appliances. Type A extinguishers should typically be stored close to living areas. Where there is a mix of flammable materials and sources, say the kitchen or garage areas of your home, Prudential suggests storing combination A-B-C Fire extinguishers.

Select the largest size extinguisher you and your family members can lift and operate, having varying sizes depending on location and potential user may be helpful in the event of a triggered alarm. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement, mounting and proper use.

Always remember P.A.S.S. in Fire Safety:

P – PULL the pin
A – AIM low, at the base of the fire
S – SQUEEZE the lever slowly and evenly
S – SWEEP the nozzle from side to side

Additional tips in the event you have a fire situation:

  1. Alert proper fire professionals prior to or in conjunction with attempting to extinguish the fire yourself. Fires are unpredictable and routinely overcoming trained professionals. Do not risk your life or the lives of your loved ones.
  2. Keep the room’s exit at your back at all times. This is in the event the fire gains the upper hand and you need to get out quickly.
  3. If you feel the fire is becoming hard to control or the room you are in fills with smoke, leave immediately.
  4. Check your extinguishers monthly to ensure they are full and in full working order.
  5. Replace or recharge used extinguishers immediately after use. Don’t wait until later!
  6. Never re-enter your home until the fire department says it’s safe. Let the fire professionals determine if the fire is fully extinguished.


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