Smoke Alarm Program

Smoke Alarm Program
The Arlington Heights Fire Department would like to assist residents of the Village with inspecting their smoke alarms, changing batteries, or installing new alarms if needed. There is NO charge for smoke alarms or for their installation. Please view the Smoke Alarm Program brochure (available in both  Spanish and English) for details and Sign Up for your Free Smoke Alarm and Installation!

500 Smoke Alarms Installed
The Arlington Heights Fire Department reached their 2023 smoke alarm installation goal of 500 alarms! Thank you to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) Executive Director Philip Zalisky and the Devery family for celebrating with us. This program is designed to help improve the safety and well-being for residents in our community. 

500 smoke alarms

Smoke Alarms Safety Reminders
Over 4,000 people die every year in residential fires in the United States. Most fatal home fires occur between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. while residents are asleep. A smoke alarm buys valuable time. As soon as it senses smoke, an alarm automatically sounds, allowing residents a chance to get out before toxic fumes accumulate to lethal levels.

Smoke alarms should be installed on each level of the house, in all bedrooms, and in hallways close to sleeping areas.  Never place a smoke alarm on an un-insulated wall or ceiling.

Remember to...
  • Test your smoke alarm at least once a month by pressing the test button.
  • Replace worn batteries immediately or at least once a year.
  • Never borrow smoke alarm batteries for other uses.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years, or as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Dust and vacuum alarms at least twice a year
  • Make sure alarms are working when you return home after an extended absence.
When purchasing a smoke alarm, the determining factor should be quality, not price. Make sure the alarm has a laboratory label (UL) (FM) and an alarm loud enough to awaken a sleeping family. The alarm should also have a malfunction signal for low batteries.

Smoke alarms save lives by giving occupants an early warning of toxic smoke. They are inexpensive, easy to purchase, and easy to install and maintain. Don't let yourself or your loved ones be without this early warning life saver.  For further information, view our Smoke Alarms at Home brochure.