One of the most requested items received in our Fire Prevention Division is information on smoke detectors. Information provided by the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office on the requirements for smoke detectors within single-family dwellings, multi-unit dwellings, as well as rental units can be found here. It is important to note that Smoke Detectors do have a lifespan (please refer to the manufacturer's instructions on when your detector has reached its end of life).
The Lebanon Fire Department would also like to take the time to remind everyone to be certain to have at least one working smoke and carbon monoxide detector on each level of their home. The National Fire Protection Association further recommends having a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in each bedroom and a common area on each floor of your home.
In addition to having these safety devices, it is critically important that they have fresh batteries. As we spring ahead on Sunday, March 13, 2022, take the time to change your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are powered by a 9-volt battery, including those that are hardwired into your home's electrical system. This ensures that the devices will work in the event of a power outage. Some newer detectors have a sealed battery compartment with a battery that will last 10 years.
The State of New Hampshire has seen many fire or carbon monoxide-related deaths in past years. In many of these instances, the homes were found to have no working smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors. There are many affordable options on the market for these detectors. They can, and do save lives!
Please contact the Lebanon Fire Department at 603-448-8810 with questions or if you need assistance with changing batteries or locating the devices.
Video: Retired Lebanon City Manager Greg Lewis talks with Retired Lebanon Fire Inspector Jonathan Paul about the importance of maintaining smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Watch now.