Staunton Fire  Protection District
'Serving The Citizens of Staunton and surrounding areas since 1923'
618-635-2139   |   Fire Department Non-Emergency
Smoke Detectors
The very first, and most important is that a working smoke detector can save your life and your families in the event of a fire in the home. Smoke alarms provide an early warning in the event that a fire has started in the home.
What types of smoke detectors are available for home use?
Ionization: Sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs
Photoelectric: Quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires
Dual Sensor: Combination Ionization and Photoelctric smoke detectors
People with hearing disabilites that have flashing strobe lights
Voice recordable so children may not be as frightened and more easlt awoken by hearing a familiar voice
Where is the proper place in the home to install a smoke detector?
On every level of the home, including in the basement
Since many fatal fires start late at night, install a smoke detector both inside and outside the sleeping areas
How do I install my smoke detector?
Do I ever have to buy a new smoke detector?
The Staunton Fire Protection District, along with the United States Fire Administration (USFA) would like to provide a few tips on smoke detectors:
Hard wired: This type is wired directly into the home electrical system and should be install by a qulaifed electrican. Some of these models have a battery back-up, check your model and follow manufactor recommendations
Battery powered: Often installed by with screws, some are self-adhesive. The batteries need to be changed at least every 6 months. A good rule of thumb is when you change your clocks, change your smoke detector batteries
Yes, with either the hard wired or battery powered models, they should be replaced every 8-10 years or after they have been activated in a fire or overlly smoke environment. It is a good idea to write the purchase on the smoke detector
I live in a rental property, who is responsible for the smoke detectors?
Check with local laws and regulations, but generally the landlord is responsible for insuring the renters have properly installed and working smoke detectors