Smoke Detectors

What type of smoke detector is required by the Fire Code?
All dwelling units are required to have smoke detectors powered by a hard wire AC primary power source or a self-monitored, non-removal ten year lithium battery.

What if I have a smoke detector powered by standard batteries?
If you presently have a smoke detector utilizing standard batteries, you may continue to use it so long as the unit remains operational. However, if your smoke detector becomes inoperable due to a low battery or no battery, it must be replaced with either a hard wire AC primary power or a self monitored, non removal ten-year lithium battery.

How and where should my smoke detector be installed?
Smoke detectors must be installed in accordance with the National Fire Prevention Standards and the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Who is responsible for the installation and maintenance for smoke detectors?
Property owners are responsible for supplying and installing in operable condition required smoke detectors and for providing the manufacturer’s maintenance and testing
instructions to the tenant.

The owner is also responsible for the maintenance and testing of detectors in
common areas.

The tenant is responsible for maintaining and testing the detectors in their dwelling units and for notifying the owner in writing when the detector becomes inoperable.

At every change of tenancy in all multi-family residences, the owner must test the smoke detectors. If found inoperable the owner must replace the smoke detector (with an aforementioned approved smoke detector.)

Failure of a responsible party to have the proper smoke detector in operable condition can result in civil penalties and criminal action.

For further information regarding smoke detectors and other fire prevention matters please contact your local fire district. To find out your fire district you can contact Metro Call at 311.