Department of Public Safety

Smoke Alarms

“Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives”

Every home should have at least one working smoke detector. Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are installed and working.  The majority of fatality fires occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

Smoke Detector Tips:

Installation: Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling at least 6 inches from the wall or 6 to 8 inches below the ceiling on side walls.

Test: When was the last time you heard your smoke alarm? Battery-operated alarms should be tested once a month to make certain they are working.

Change: Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm at least once a year. The Statesboro Fire Department recommends you do this when you change your clocks.

Replace: Replace your smoke alarm every ten (10) years. If you don’t know how old your smoke alarm is, or if it is ten (10) years or older, replace it as soon as possible.

Maintenance: Keep the detector(s) clean and dust free. If you have a smoke detector that is wired to your electrical system, make sure that the signal light is blinking to indicate that it is working properly.

Smoke Detector Program:

The Statesboro Fire Department’s Smoke Detector Program offers free smoke alarms or battery replacement to residents within Bulloch County. The smoke detectors and batteries are installed by on-duty firefighters at no cost to the resident. If you would like to have a smoke detector installed in your home to ensure yours and your family’s safety, just fill out this Smoke Detector Request Form and we will contact you to. 

If you have questions concerning smoke detectors, please feel free to contact us at (912) 764-FIRE (3473).