Smoke and 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. In new construction, the Smoke Alarms must be AC powered and interconnected. See “Agency Placement Recommendations” for details. For additional coverage, it is recommended that you install a Smoke Alarm 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. (However, we can provide smoke detectors for families who cannot afford them. Please call for details.)
Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation
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. (However, we can provide carbon monoxide detectors for families who cannot afford them. Please call for details.)
For more information, contact or visit our business office at Station 1:
400 Cary-Algonquin Road
Cary, Illinois 60013
The business office is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.