One or more operational smoke detectors should be placed on every level of your home. Batteries should be re-placed twice a year. A good way to remember to do this is to put in new batteries each spring and fall when the time changes.
Smoke and CO detectors
1373.04 ALTERNATE SYSTEMS.
(a) As an alternate to self-contained smoke detectors, an approved fire detection system may be installed. Each fire detection system shall be individually approved by the Fire Chief. Where a carbon monoxide (CO) detector is required, a combination smoke detector/carbon monoxide (CO) detector may be used provided the unit meets all current codes and standards for each application and that the detector be tamper-proof in which a long-life battery pack, if so powered, is sealed within the detector. Such combination detectors shall be individually approved by the Fire Chief.
(b) All devices, combinations of devices and equipment required herein are to be installed in conformance with the Building Codes adopted by the Village and this section and shall be of a type approved by the Fire Chief. A suitable type detector, specifically designed and marketed for the hearing impaired, which is equipped with an additional strobe-light alarm feature, shall be provided for residents so impaired, as required herein. For the purpose of installation and maintenance only, the applicable sections of the most current edition, NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, shall be considered accepted engineering practice.
(c) In new residential buildings or where major renovations are performed (major renovations is defined as renovations exceeding more than fifty percent (50%) of the value of the structure at the time of renovation), smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors shall be wired directly (hard-wired) to the building’s power supply. In existing dwellings and dwelling units, it is preferred that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors be wired directly to the power supply. However, in existing dwellings and dwelling units, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors may be powered by a self-monitoring battery or operated in a plug-in outlet provided in the outlet is not controlled by any switch other than the main power supply. Any battery-powered smoke detectors required and installed after the effective date of this subsection shall be of the tamper-proof type in which the long-life battery packs are sealed within the detector. Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors with a digital read out are preferred. (Ord. 2008-23. Passed 12-10-08.)