Smoke Alarms

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More than 3,000 people die in home fires every year. Many of these deaths occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.

Protect yourself, your family and firefighters by doing your part to get out before firefighters risk their lives to come in.

Install smoke alarms both inside and outside of bedrooms and sleeping areas and on every level of your home. Test them monthly. Change the batteries as instructed. Consider installing sprinklers in your home.

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City Qualifications for Free Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  1. You must own and reside in the property in which you are getting smoke alarms.
  2. Smoke alarms are not provided for rental properties.
  3. The Division of Fire Prevention will install smoke alarms and change batteries in city residences where senior citizens or persons with special needs are living.
  4. The Division of Fire Prevention will also provide information about the Hard Wired Smoke Detector Program from the Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal. You can also read about the program by visiting the State of Delaware's website at
  5. While supplies last, the Division of Fire Prevention will provide and/or install carbon monoxide detectors for homeowners and single parent households where children under the age of 12 years reside.
  6. The Division of Fire Prevention will provide and/or install smoke alarms for households that have a single parent as the head of the household.