Smoke Alarms Save Lives. 65% of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms at all or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give to time to get out.

Frederick County Fire and Rescue recognizes the importance of smoke alarms and our goal to ensure that every home in the county has a working smoke alarm.

Here are a few tips to maintain the working condition of your smoke alarm:
  • Each home should have a smoke detector outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • If any residents are hearing impaired or sleep with bedroom doors closed, install additional detectors inside sleeping areas.
  • On floors without sleeping areas, detectors should be placed in or near living areas such as dens, living rooms or family rooms.
  • Detectors are not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms or garages, where cooking fumes, steam and exhaust fumes could set off a false alarm.
  • Don’t install smoke detectors near windows, ceiling fans, doors or forced-air registers where drafts could interfere with operation.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms that use ten year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are ten years old or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” warning the battery is low, replace battery right away.
  • Never paint or place stickers on smoke alarms. Dust regularly to keep your alarms working properly.