Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Safety Information

Detectors Save Lives

New York State law requires smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in all types of housing. Detectors are the best way keep family members safe in the event of a fire or a release of highly poisonous carbon monoxide gas.

It is the responsibility of the property owner, including landlords, to ensure these devices are in place. But the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) will provide home safety checks and install pre-purchased detectors upon request. The RFD will visit any city home to ensure smoke or carbon monoxide detectors are correctly installed and in working order. The RFD receives federal funding to install a limited number of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for low-income homeowners and in emergency situations, while supplies last

Call 311 to schedule an appointment or to determine if you qualify for a free smoke or carbon monoxide detector. 

Smoke Detector Information

  • Smoke detectors should be installed in every room of your home except the kitchen.
  • Test your batteries once every six months, and replace your detector every ten years, or immediately if it becomes defective.  

Carbon Monoxide Detector Information

  • Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every level of a home that has a sleeping area, and on the level that contains a carbon monoxide/heating source.
  • Battery-powered detectors should be tested very six months. The device itself should be replaced every 10 years or as soon as it becomes defective.
  • Take all alarms and alerts seriously and call 911 immediately. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas.




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