How many smoke detectors do I need in my house?

Every house should have at least one smoke detector on each level. A detector is needed for each sleeping area. In addition, a detector should be placed inside each bedroom. The actual fire code requirements, based on the year your house was built, are found in the smoke detector requirement page.

  • Smoke detectors have a useful life of only ten years or less. If your detectors are prone to frequent "false alarms" or are approaching ten years...replace them all!!!
  • Smoke detector batteries should be changed twice a year. When you change your clocks...change you smoke detector batteries.
  • If you have hard-wired detectors and replace a detector, be sure they are still interconnected.
  • When one sounds, they all sound. Replace detectors with compatible replacements.

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1. Can I listen to the Fire Department on my scanner?
2. Do I need a burning permit?
3. Do I need a fire inspection?
4. How can I report a fire or emergency?
5. How can I request a fire safety presentation?
6. How do I get to the Fire Department administrative offices?
7. How does 911 work?
8. How many smoke detectors do I need in my house?
9. Should I have a carbon monoxide detector?
10. Should I report a small fire, even if it's already out?
11. What are the statistics with children and fires?
12. What is the ISO rating for the Town of North Kingstown?
13. What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy?