In my neverending house rewiring project. I am planning to add electric/battery backup smoke detectors. (interconected of course)
I am planning to add 1 detector in each of the 4 bedrooms, and 2 in the hall way (very long L shaped hall) that connects the bedrooms. The hallway opens up into our living room by a typical 6.5' doorway (no door)
I stumbled upon a stament saying that you need a detector in a room adjoining a bedroom, if the ceiling is more then 2 feet higher then the bedroom.
In the bedroom area we have standard 7.5 foot ceilings. However in the living room we have a vaulted ceiling that peeks at 10' (maybe 10.5). The wall to the living room backs up against a den and a bedroom. THere is no direct path from the living room to this bedroom, you have to go down the hall. Do I need a detector in the living room because of the adjoining room with a higher ceiling rule? or does it only apply if there is a direct doorway to the bedroom from the higher ceiling room?
Read on if a dector is required in the living room:
Heres a kicker.. The living room flows into the kitchen in the same physical room with a vaulted ceiling too. THe only divider between the kitchen and the lviing room is a 7' high wall. Distance from the dividing wall at the kitchen to the living room wall that borders the bedroom is about 25 feet. Would smoke from the kitchen if someone burnt something be a concern to false alarms at this detector? Would a heat detector be a better bet, or does it have to be smoke?