Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke Alarm Installation in Single-Family Residences

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), recommends one Smoke Alarm on every floor, in every sleeping area, and in every bedroom. For additional coverage, it is recommended that you install a smoke detectors in all rooms, halls, storage areas, finished attics, and basements, where temperatures normally remain between 40° F (4° C) and 100° F (38° C). Make sure no door or other obstruction could keep smoke from reaching the Smoke Alarms. More specifically, install Smoke Alarms:

  • On every level of your home, including finished attics and basements.

  • Inside every bedroom, especially if people sleep with the door partly or completely closed.

  • In the hall near every sleeping area. If your home has multiple sleeping areas, install a unit in each. If a hall is more than 40 feet long (12 meters), install a unit at each end.

  • At the top of the first-to-second floor stairway, and at the bottom of the basement stairway.

 

Make sure fresh batteries are always installed, making sure to change them during Daylight Savings every spring and fall. If you need assistance, Cary Fire Protection District will install smoke detectors at no installation cost to you. The homeowner must supply the detector.

Smoke Alarm Installation in Single-Family Residences

Proper placement of a carbon monoxide (CO) detector is important. If you are installing only one carbon monoxide detector, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends it be located near the sleeping area, where it can wake you if you are asleep. Additional detectors, on every level and in every bedroom of a home, provides extra protection against carbon monoxide poisoning.

Homeowners should remember not to install carbon monoxide detectors directly above or beside fuel-burning appliances, including a furnace, as appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon start-up. A detector should not be placed within fifteen feet of heating or cooking appliances or in or near very humid areas such as bathrooms.

Make sure fresh batteries are always installed, making sure to change them during Daylight Savings every spring and fall. If you need assistance, Cary Fire Protection District will install carbon monoxide detectors at no installation cost to you. The homeowner must supply the detector. 

For more information, please contact our business office at Station 1:

Phone: 847-639-2121
E-mail: info@caryfire.com

The business office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.