Fire Department

Fire Facts and Smoke Detectors

A Properly Working Smoke Detector can SAVE YOUR LIFE!

Fire Facts:

•    A fire in your home can turn a familiar environment into a confusing maze. Develop a home escape plan and practice with your family.
•    Smoke kills — most fire victims die from smoke inhalation long before the flames reach them.
•    More fire deaths occur when people are sleeping, between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
•    Fires increase in size and temperature quickly.
•    According to the NFPA, you may have less than two (2) minutes to escape your house.
In a fire, seconds really do mean the difference between life and death. A properly located, working smoke detector can give you those valuable seconds to get you and your family outside to safety.

Facts About Smoke Detectors:

Smoke Detectors are indispensable tools for life safety but they require proper installation and maintenance. Location is critical for ample warning. Caring for smoke detectors is quick and easy task. Check the following recommendations or contact the Fire Prevention Division for any questions.

•    Every home should have at least one smoke detector in the vicinity of sleeping rooms and on each level of living space (including basements)

•    Test battery operated smoke detectors weekly

•    Electrical (AC) powered smoke detectors should be tested monthly

•    Replace batteries at least every year

•    Daylight savings time is a good day to remember to replace batteries

•    Keep the outside cover of the detector free from dust and dirt.

•    Lightly vacuum or dust from the outside

•    Replace any smoke detectors that are over ten years old.

To find out more about fire safety or smoke alarms, please contact Fire Marshal Robert McCall at (401) 845-0444 or e-mail him at