When you remodel your residence there are specific codes that govern the installation and position of smoke detectors. We have put together some infomation that will help explain why smoke detectors are important and why they are required to be updated when you remodel. Click here to view the document.
Here are some general quidelines to follow for the proper use and installation of smoke detectors.
1. At least one photoionization smoke detector on each level of a house.
2. One photoelectric smoke detector in each bedroom as well as the area just outside each bedroom.
3. Ensure that the smoke detector you install has been tested and approved by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
4. For added protection, have your heating and cooling units checked annually by a qualified service contractor.
5. Smoke detectors are not to be installed in the kitchen or bathroom.
6. Replace the batteries every time you change your clock (spring and fall).
7. Never paint a smoke detector.
8. Never remove a smoke detector battery to use somewhere else.
9. If you live in the Fire District or any of its contractual areas, and would like a home safety check, please call (636) 256-2000.
The District will install your smoke detector at no cost for its residents, as well as residents of the contract areas served by the District. If you cannot afford smoke detectors, the District will work with you to acquire them.
First Alert's BRK-brand model 4120 smoke detectors manufactured prior to Oct. 2000 are not compatible with Duracell batteries. For more information visist BRK's website.
Click here for smoke detector information from the United States Fire Administration.