Indoor Siren Placement

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Old 04-11-17, 07:56 PM
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Indoor Siren Placement

I can't find information on the best place to locate an interior siren for a new-build alarm system. I'd rather not have it visible, so is unfinished attic, or in basement mechanical room good enough to be heard? Should I have one for each level?
 
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For an attic mount of a bullhorn style siren, aim it at a vent or soffit so it can be heard outside of the attic.

For indoors, there a number of unobtrusive, even paintable, siren models that you could put next to the door bell sounder, and it would become "invisible" in no time.
 
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The point of indoor sirens is to frazzle and disorient the thief (loud piercing sounds in enclosed spaces have that affect), and alert sleeping occupants (you wouldn't want one IN a bedroom, but in the hall outside the common sleeping area) - in conjunction with an outdoor siren to call attention to the house. You would want one basically in the central area of each floor.
 
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no rules on just one indoor siren -- run wires for multiple. Some can fit in single-gang boxes.

You can think about an exterior strobe, too.
 
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Best to be a hallway near the bedrooms on same floor. This is because of fire alarms and teenagers/elderly hard of hearing people.

Some teenagers need a train horn in their bedroom to wake up!
 
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