Smoke Detectors

Importance of Smoke Detectors

Between 75% and 90% of all residential fire deaths could have been prevented by the use of smoke detector and residential sprinkler combination!

Fire Facts From the National Fire Safety Council, Incorporated:

  • 80% of fire deaths happen in the home.
  • 50% of fires did not have a working smoke detector
  • 60 to 70% of fires are started intentionally by juveniles
  • 3 kids die everyday due to playing with lighters/matches

Create an Evacuation Plan

Fires can happen anywhere. A fire in a large building creates an enormous risk to everyone. Other reasons for evacuating buildings include natural gas leaks, earthquakes, hazardous material spills and storms. Knowing what to do is the key to surviving a fire emergency. Conducting regular fire drills will give you the knowledge and confidence to escape a fire safely. There are two steps for a good evacuation program - Planning and Practice.

  Fire Fighter Holding Two Smoke DetectorsPurpose

Smoke Detectors warn you in time to escape from a fire.

Best Places for Smoke Detectors

The best locations for smoke detectors are outside the bedrooms and on every level of the home. See diagram below

Care for Your Smoke Detectors

One in three smoke detectors in homes are not in working order. Here is how you can take care of them:

  • Test monthly.
  • Replace battery twice a year, (when you change the clocks, spring and fall) or when they make a "chirping sound.
  • Replace Smoke Detectors every 10 years.

Know How to Escape

  • Always help those who need help.
  • Two ways out of every room.
  • Plan your escape route and practice leaving your home.
  • Decide one place outside where family members should meet.

Smoke Detectors

  • Buy It!
  • Take Care of It!
  • Your Life May Depend on It!

Taylor Residents Only

The Taylor Fire Department will assist residents with 2 Smoke alarms per household. Please call and schedule an appointment- 734-374-1355 if you need assistance, Must bring ID. 

Taylor Fire Department does not install hard wired smoke detectors, you will need to contact a licensed electrician.