2/3 of all homes in the United States are still without a working smoke alarm. Warren County Fire & Rescue provides free smoke alarms to low-income families in an effort to reduce the loss of life and property in our community. Personnel from the Department and other volunteers install these alarms at no cost to the citizens.

Anyone interested in receiving, donating or installing smoke alarms may contact the Fire Administration Division at 540-636-3830 or e-mail fireprevention@warrencountyfire.com.

To be considered for free smoke alarms for your home, please complete a Smoke Alarm Program Application and return it to us by mail, email, or fax (540-636-9986).

 Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Smoke Detectors in the Home

Living in a home without smoke detectors is risky business!

When fire occurs in your home, your chances for survival are two times better when smoke detectors are present than when they are not.

Smoke detectors, when properly installed and maintained (following the manufacturer's directions), provide early warning when fires occur. Early warning increases your chances for survival and allows the fire department to save more of your property.

In support of smoke detector effectiveness, many cities and states have laws requiring the installation of smoke detectors in dwellings. Check with your local fire department or State Fire Marshal for further information.

Time is crucial. Most fatal fires occur between midnight and 8 a.m. Many fire victims die in their sleep from breathing smoke and toxic fire gases. When your smoke detector sounds, you may have 2-1/2 minutes or less to escape. Develop and Practice a Home Escape Plan.

Installation of smoke detectors

  • Electric smoke detectors should be connected to a lighting circuit with no intervening switches. For this, you may need an electrician. Connections using extension-type cords are not permitted.
  • Battery-operated models should sound an alert or beeping sound when batteries need replacing. A smoke detector with dead batteries or whose batteries have been removed is no protection at all.
  • Dual-power models are available which are electrically powered but contain a battery back-up should there be a power failure.
  • Use only those detectors bearing the label of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM). The ceiling is the best mounting location at least six inches away from any walls. If detectors are mounted on the wall, keep them away from corners and at least 6 inches, but no more than 12 inches, from the ceiling to the bottom of the detector.

Help save your life and property from fire

  • For minimum protection, install a smoke detector outside each bedroom or sleeping area in your home and keep your bedroom doors closed while you are asleep.
  • Keep your smoke detectors properly maintained. Test them at least once each month to insure that the detectors are working properly. Batteries in battery-operated detectors should be changed at least once yearly. Use only the type of batteries recommended on the detector.
  • If your smoke detector sounds an alarm when no smoke is present, consult with the manufacturer or with your local fire department. If smoke from cooking materials causes the detector to alarm, do not remove the batteries or disconnect the power source. Simply fan the smoke away from the detector until the alarm stops. If this happens frequently, it may be necessary to relocate the detector or to install a different type of detector.
  • Develop an escape plan and review the plan with all members of the family frequently. Be aware that children and elderly people may need special assistance should fire occur. Establish a meeting place outside the house for all members of the family to ensure that everyone gets out of the house. Use a neighbor's telephone to notify the fire department.

Additional tips

  • If your smoke detector doesn't work properly, the silence could be deadly.
  • Test your smoke detector at least once a month. Push the test button or use smoke.
  • Clean your detector at least once a year. Dust with a vacuum cleaner.
  • Replace the battery each year. Use the battery type listed on the detector.








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