Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are an important part of your home. They can save lives. Therefore, your home electrical and lighting plan should take into account the best places for them.
The placement of detectors is covered by building codes, and you will have to work within these parameters. However, there is plenty of room for you to meet legal requirements while placing your detectors in an area that will not bother you.
Industry experts suggest installing detectors in all bedrooms and on every level of your house, including basements. Install detectors in the family room and near stairways. Place them on ceilings or at the tops of walls. Keep them at least 10 feet or three meters away from cooking areas to avoid false alarms.