Over 4,000 people die every year in residential fires in the United States. Most fatal home fires occur between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. while residents are asleep. A smoke alarm buys valuable time. As soon as it senses smoke, an alarm automatically sounds, allowing residents a chance to get out before toxic fumes accumulate to lethal levels.
Smoke alarms should be installed on each level of the house, in all bedrooms, and in hallways close to sleeping areas. Never place a smoke alarm on an un-insulated wall or ceiling.
The Arlington Heights Fire Department reminds you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting your clocks behind ending daylight saving time. Request a Free Smoke Alarm and Installation
If you are unsure about how to change your batteries, and/or would like a new and free smoke alarm, you can request the Fire Department to bring a free smoke alarm to your home and install it! Fill out the Smoke Alarm Request form online