Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms can increase your chance of surviving a fire in your home by 50%. Property owners are required to provide working smoke alarms and renters should test the alarms and change the batteries. Follow manufacturer instructions when installing alarms.

Most alarms make a “chirp” noise once a minute when their battery power is low & needs to be replaced.

Replace smoke alarm batteries annually to avoid low battery "chirping".

  • To replace the battery, unscrew the alarm from the mounting bracket, open the battery compartment, remove the old battery and insert a new one, checking to be sure the polarity (plus+ and minus- signs) are correct.
  • Press the test button on the front of the alarm to be sure it works, then replace the alarm in the mounting bracket.

Replace smoke alarms after 10 years, even if they appear to be working.

  • When purchasing alarms, be sure they are approved by a nationally recognized third party testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or Intertek (ETL).
  • Install alarms with both photoelectric and ionization sensing technology. Photoelectric alarms are best for detecting smoldering fires and for false alarm prone areas. Ionization alarms are best at detecting flaming fires.

If you’re unable to purchase a smoke alarm or batteries, the VRFA may be able to help with alarms provided by the Auburn Area Fire Medic Campaign, Costco, World Vision, and the Energizer Company. Contact us for available devices and return a completed smoke alarm application form to us.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled. It is produced by fuel burning appliances, fireplaces, and vehicles. The most common causes of CO poisoning are the indoor use of charcoal or gas grills and generators in garages or near air intakes.

If your CO alarm sounds, move outdoors then call 9-1-1.

Home Fire Sprinklers

Because fire sprinklers react so quickly, they can dramatically reduce the heat, flames and smoke produced in a fire. See how properly installed and maintained fire sprinklers can control or extinguish fires before firefighters arrive, saving lives and property.