Stock Tools and Supplies for Alarm Installation

tools and suppliesPlan ahead so the crew conducting the home safety visit has appropriate tools for installation of alarms. This is a basic list of tools that will be needed.

  • Small two-step safety ladder (this will be fine for most installations, and it is light and easy to handle)
  • Six-foot-tall step ladder for higher ceilings
  • Charged cordless drill with proper bits
  • Extra charged battery for the drill
  • 1-1/4-inch drywall screws
    • Tip: Using drywall screws instead of the anchors and screws supplied with the alarm will cut installation time in half, leaving more time with the residents.
  • Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
  • Box knife
  • Small hammer
  • Pliers
  • 10-foot measuring tape
  • Small flash light
  • Supply of batteries for the equipment you are installing
  • Extra batteries for existing smoke alarms if appropriate*
  • Marking pen (to write the date of installation on the inside of the alarms)
  • Trash bags (to remove all of the smoke alarm and alert equipment packaging)
  • Small handheld vacuum to clean up any sheetrock dust
  • Clipboard and pen for documentation
  • Stock tools and supplies for alarm installation
  • Safety handouts
  • Forms, electronic tablet (i.e. iPad) or other means of recording the visit

*It is preferable to install new smoke alarms with new sealed long-life alarms rather than replacing batteries in smoke alarms already in the home. Remember smoke alarms must be replaced every 10 years. You may not know the age of a smoke alarm in a home so install new ones. With the exception of the ladders, all the tools will fit easily into a small toolbox. Having all the tools needed at your disposal will make smoke alarm installation more efficient and allow more education time with the resident.