Smoke Alarm Program
Our department is committed to preventing fires in the home and ensuring the survival of residents should a fire occur. The goal of the smoke alarm program is to ensure all homes in Loudoun County are protected by working smoke alarms. The members of the fire and rescue system are prepared and willing to visit your home to offer a free smoke alarm check, as well as provide additional fire safety information. Here are some of the services included:
- Test existing smoke alarms to ensure they respond properly.
- Check batteries and assist with replacement, if needed.
- Identify the locations of the smoke alarms and if needed, provide recommendations of additional alarm locations.
- Assist with the replacement of smoke alarms. Free batteries and smoke alarms are available for homes that qualify.
- Provide information on the proper maintenance and replacement of smoke alarms.
- We do not share your information and do no ask about your citizenship status.
To make a request complete our online form or call our Fire and Life Safety Hotline at 703-737-8093. Please leave us your name, number, and a brief message and we will get back to you shortly.
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Smoke Alarm Basics
Did you know that in the United States, 80% of all civilian fire deaths result from home structure fires? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that most of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented by the presence of a working smoke alarm. That's critical because smoke alarms are one of the best and easiest safety features you can use to protect yourself, your family and your home.
While each household has is different, we have compiled a few quick tips to get you started. After scrolling through our list, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us at 703-737-8093 or email us.
Location, Location, Location.
It doesn't matter if your home is big or small, old or new. All homes need smoke alarms that work. For the best protection, put one in every bedroom, in hallways close to sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
Pass the test.
Check to make sure it's working by putting a finger on it. Push the test button or use a broom handle to reach up and push the test button once a month. Always use new batteries when replacing old ones.
Change Your Clock, Check Your Battery
Even alarms that get power from your home's electrical system, or “hardwired,” usually have a back-up battery. Change replaceable batteries once a year. Some smoke alarms may have a non-replaceable 10-year lithium (“long-life”) battery. If you are unsure which type you have, check the information on the back of the alarm.
Be Safe - Replace.
It is recommended that you replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old. Why? After working for 10 years, 7 days a week, your smoke alarm has been on the job for over 87,000 hours. Always follow manufacturer's instructions for replacement.
Fire drills aren't just for schools - they are important at home, too. Make sure everyone in your home knows how to get out and stay out in the event of a fire. Pick an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home. It is important to conduct regular home fire drills.