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Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Virginia Beach Residents: Contact Operation Smoke Detector if you have questions or are in need a smoke alarm, call 757-471-5826. You may also submit an online request for a smoke alarm HERE

Every Home Needs Working Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarm Sounds

Smoke Alarm Maintenance

Where Should You Place Smoke Alarms?

Install at least one alarm on each level of your home. It is recommended to have one in each sleeping area and outside of sleeping areas.


Test all smoke alarms, battery powered and hard-wired , once a month. Vacuum and /or dust around the alarms regularly to keep them clean.


Change batteries once a year unless you have a ten year battery operated alarm. Make sure you change the back up batteries in your hard-wired alarms once a year as well. All smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. You may need a qualified electrician to replace hard-wired alarms.


While the fire department does not supply CO alarms, they can be purchased easily. Follow the manufacturers directions on when to replace the alarms. In most cases, it is 5-7 years.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Install and maintain CO alarms inside your home to provide early warning of carbon monoxide.

  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each seperate sleeping area and on every level of the home.

  • Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized laboratory.

  • CO alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of the smoke alarms and the sound of CO alarms.