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smoke_alarmThe Rocky Hill Fire Department is increasing its efforts to stress awareness pertaining to the life-saving benefits of smoke alarms.

Smoke Alarm Awareness

You should be able to respond "yes" to the following statements.At least one smoke alarm is located on every floor of my home.

1. Smoke alarms are placed near bedrooms, either on the ceiling or 6-12 inches below the ceiling on the wall.

2. Smoke alarms are tested according to manufacturer's instructions on a regular basis (at least once a month) and are kept in working condition at all times.

3. Batteries are replaced according to manufacturer's instructions, at least annually.

4. Batteries are never disconnected.

5. The smoke alarm has a distinct warning signal that can be heard whether  asleep or  awake.

Make sure smoke alarms are placed either on the ceiling or 6-12 inches below the ceiling on the wall. Locate smoke alarms away from air vents or registers; high air flow or "dead" spots are to be avoided.


Read the instructions that come with the smoke alarm for advice on the best place to install it. As a minimum smoke alarms should be located near bedrooms and one on every floor.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper maintenance. Smoke alarms can save lives, but only if properly installed and maintained.

Never disconnect a smoke alarm. Consider relocating the smoke alarm rather than disconnecting it if it is subject to nuisance alarms, e.g. from cooking.

Replace the battery annually, or when a "chirping" sound is heard. Follow the manufacturer's instructions about cleaning your smoke alarm. Excessive dust, grease or other material in the smoke alarm may cause it to operate abnormally. Vacuum the grill work of your smoke alarm.

Did you know? Eighty percent of all fire deaths occur  in the home.

Having a working smoke alarms more than doubles one's chances of surviving a fire. Nearly half the residential fires and three-fifths of residential fatalities occur in homes with no smoke alarms.

Following these simple fire safety tips can boost survival rates dramatically. Please share these recommendations with your family and neighbors because knowledge is the best fire protection.

Smoke Detector Life-Saving Tips

Place a smoke alarm on each level of your home and outside all bedrooms.

Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button. If you cannot reach the button easily, use a broom handle.

Change the batteries in your smoke alarms twice a year - perhaps when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do - leave the building immediately by crawling under the smoke when they hear it sound.

If cooking smoke sets off the alarm, do not disable it. Turn on the range fan, open a window or wave a towel near the alarm.

Do not remove the batteries to put in other appliances such as personal stereos or games. Smoke alarms wear out over time. Replace yours if it is 10 years old or more.

Consider buying a lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which will operate for 10 years and is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened.

Rocky Hill Fire Department Smoke Alarm Program

The Rocky Hill Fire Department will provide smoke alarms to town residents.

The program is not meant for all homeowners, only those with financial difficulties or physical disabilities.

Contact Rocky Hill Department of Human Service for details and eligibility requirements at {860) 258-2799

Contact Information

logo6Town of Rocky Hill
Fire Dept. Hdqtrs.
3050 Main St.
Rocky Hill, CT

Richard Renstrom, Fire Marshal 
Frank Kelley, Deputy Fire Marshal
PHONE:  860-258-7604

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