Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector
To schedule a smoke detector
inspection, please do either of the following:
here to open the application. fill out the appropriate sections and email it to our office. To email it,
Click the envelope icon upper left side of tool bar.
Click send copy.
send to: email@example.com
After you have emailed the form, call 508-994-1428 between the hours of 8AM-12N or 1PM - 4PM,
through Friday so we can schedule an inspection for you.
Or you can fill it out and bring it to fire department headquarters
at 146 Washington Street during those same hours.
If you have any questions
regarding the form please call fire headquarters during normal business
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Smoke & Carbon Monoxide
Detectors Save Lives!
fire strikes you may have less than one minute to safely get out of the
Having working smoke alarms
in your home can double you chances of survival if a fire occurs.
Home fire deaths have been cut in half since the early 1970’s
when smoke alarms were first marketed.
50% of the fire deaths that occur each year in the U.S. take place in
the 5% of homes without smoke alarms!
Fires produce heat, smoke and toxic gases.
Smoke alarms warn residents
in the event of a fire. They give you time to leave the building before
your escape route is blocked by these deadly elements.
Special smoke alarms are available
for the hearing impaired.
The alarm can be wired to a
light, which flashes when the detector is in alarm. A vibrating alert
unit can also be used under a pillow while the person is asleep.
Plan and practice a home fire
Have two ways out of every room.
Discuss the plan so each member of the family understands what to do
in case of emergency.
Choose a place outside the home where family members can meet to be
sure everyone is safely out of the building.
Carbon Monoxide Regulation
In November 2005, Governor Mitt Romney signed “ Nicole’s
Law” which places certain requirements on owners of all residential
properties to install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. The
Board of Fire Prevention Regulations
has developed the regulations (527 CMR 31.00) establishing the special
requirements of the law
including the type, location, maintenance and inspection requirements
for the alarms.
Carbon monoxide (CO), known as the Invisible Killer, is a colorless,
odorless, poisonous gas that
results from incomplete burning of fuels such as natural gas, propane,
oil, wood, coal, and gasoline.
Each year many people die from accidental CO poisoning and thousands
more are injured.
This law was passed to protect all of us from the dangers of carbon
is impacted by this law?
Generally speaking anyone who owns residential property regardless of
size (i.e., 1- & 2-family homes,
multi-family buildings, apartments, condominiums and townhouses, etc.)
that contains fossil
burning fuel equipment (i.e., oil, gas, wood, coal, etc.)
(Multi family properties should contact
the department to obtain requirements for those types of residences).
OR contains enclosed parking (i.e., attached or enclosed garage) in
Fairhaven, is required to install
CO alarms by January 1, 2009.
I Have to Do?
You must install CO alarms on
every level of your home except for basements and attics that do not
have habitable living spaces (i.e., family rooms, dens, etc.) by January
of CO Alarms Are Allowed?
There are several types of alarms that are allowed; they include: Battery
powered with battery monitoring; Plug-in (AC powered) units with battery
backup; AC primary power (hard-wired– usually involves hiring
an electrician) with battery backup; Low-voltage or wireless alarms;
and Qualified combination smoke detectors and CO alarms.
Qualified Combination Detectors and Alarms?
combination smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms must have simulated
voice and tone alarms that clearly distinguish between the two types
of emergencies. If you have questions about various types of smoke detectors,
contact the Fire department by phone @ 508-994-1428 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I Have To Put These CO Alarms?
In most residences, carbon monoxide
alarms are required to be located on every level of a home or dwelling
unit including habitable portions of basements and attics. On levels
with sleeping areas the alarms must be placed within ten feet of the
bedroom doors. CO alarms do not go inside
garages, but in the adjacent living areas.
I Have to Install CO Alarms?
Most residences are required
to install CO alarms by January 1, 2009. After that date anyone who
sells their property will be required to have an inspection by the Fire
department prior to the sale or transfer of their property.