Smoke detectors save lives, but they can only do their job if
they work. Contrary to popular belief, the smell of smoke
usually does not wake a sleeping person. The poisonous
gases produced by a fire numb the senses quickly and put you
into a deeper sleep. By sounding an alarm and alerting you to a
fire in time to escape, a smoke detector can save the lives of
all family members.
Install a smoke detector on each level of your home,
outside each sleeping area, and in each bedroom.
Check each smoke detector monthly by using the test
button (or other test feature). Never try to test it with
a candle, lighter, or other live flame!
Change the batteries in your smoke detector when you
change your clock -- in the Spring and in the Fall. Even
hard-wired or A/C powered detectors have backup batteries which
need to be changed. Spending a few pennies on fresh batteries
keeps your detector in top form.
a smoke detector when it becomes 10 years old. You can buy a
replacement detector at nearly any local hardware or department
store for only a few dollars. If the cost of the detector is a
hardship for any resident of our town, call the Cromwell Fire
Department at 860.635.5211 and we will provide a free smoke
detector. It's called
Project Safe Families -- we're committed to seeing every
family in Cromwell protected by working smoke detectors.
INSTALLATION TIPS When putting up a smoke detector,
follow the manufacturer's directions, as well as these
If you have any questions about installing your detector, e-mail
Fire Marshal Todd Gagnon or
call him at 860.635.3188.
- Because smoke rises, each detector should be high enough
to detect the first traces of smoke. Install wall-mounted
units 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling. Place a
ceiling-mounted detector at least 4 inches away from the
- In a room with a high pitched ceiling, mount the
detector 4-12 inches below the highest point.
- Along a stairway, install the detector in the path where
smoke would travel upstairs.
- Locate a basement detector close to the stairway, but
not at the top of the stairs. (Dead air space near the door
may prevent smoke from reaching the detector.)
- Don't install detectors near windows, doors, or air
ducts, where drafts can reduce their sensitivity.