Smoke Alarm Installation and Home Safety Program

Your safety is our top priority.  We continue to follow federal, state and local guidance to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we deliver our Home Safety Visit and Smoke Alarm Programs, our team is available to assist you virtually or by phone. For emergent needs, department personnel are able to assist with "in home" smoke alarm assistance when deemed safe to do so. If you are concerned that your home may be at risk of fire or know someone who you believe needs our help, please use this form to request assistance from our team of experts. Additionally: 
  • If you have an urgent or immediate need related to your smoke alarm, please contact 311 for assistance and direction.
  • We are continuing to provide assistance/consultation by phone and virtual appointments. To be contacted, please click on the link below. 
  • You may still sign up for a future in-person home safety check. We will be in contact when the program resumes and do not have a projected date at this time. 

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Smoke Alarm Installation Program

Having working smoke alarms properly installed in your home can dramatically increase the chances of surviving a fire. The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) offers free home safety checks to residents of Montgomery County, Maryland.

Fire Safety Tips:

  • Check your smoke alarms: Test each smoke alarm monthly to make certain they are working.
  • Count your smoke alarms: We recommend installing a smoke alarm inside each sleeping room, in the areas outside each sleeping room and on every level of your home.
  • Vacuum your smoke alarms: Clean and dust smoke alarms each month to help keep them functioning properly.
  • Change your batteries: Change the batteries in each smoke alarm at least twice a year (during daylight savings) or as soon as the alarm “chirps” indicating the battery is low. Many newer smoke alarms have a ten-year battery sealed in the unit that will last for the life of the alarm and the batteries do not need to be changed. 
  • Change your alarm: Replace each smoke alarm every ten years and your carbon monoxide alarm according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Know the sound: Ensure each person in the home can hear and recognize the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to react immediately. Assistive devices are available for those who are deaf or have other special needs.