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Fire Prevention FAQ

Where can I get a fire department Keybox?

The Danvers Fire Department strongly recommends installing a Knox Box at the front entrance to all businesses.  Having this in place assures that the fire department will be able to gain access to the building/business during an emergency, without doing additional damage to the building.  These knox boxes may be purchased at:

Please contact the Fire Prevention Office to review the location and installation of the key box before installation.

How can I dispose my old portable fire extinguisher?

Home fire extinguishers may be disposed of in your regular trash once the pressure in the canister has been released. Consider this an opportunity to train and familiarize yourself in the use of a portable fire extinguisher.  In an outside, open area, release the contents of the extinguisher using the acronym PASS:

1. Pull the Pin

2. Aim the Nozzle

3. Squeeze the trigger

4. Sweep from side to side

Once you have expelled all of the contents of the extinguisher and the cylinder is not charged it may be thrown away into the regular trash.  If you are not comfortable with expelling the agent, the extinguishers may be brought to the fire department for disposal.

Select this link to review Kidde Fire Extinguisher recalled November 2, 2017. Fire Extinguisher Recall



How can I dispose of my old smoke detectors?

The two types of smoke detectors are ionization and photo­electric detectors. Ionization smoke detectors contain a very minute amount of radioactive material known as Americium 241. Photoelectric-type smoke detectors do not contain any radioactive material. The amount of radioactive material contained in ionization smoke detectors is so small it does not pose a risk to human health. If the detector contains radioactive material, it is required by law to have a warning label on the body of the detector. Look for the label on the back of the detector facing the mounting base.  For this reason, smoke detec­tors containing radioactive material should be returned to the manufacturer for disposal.

When returning a detector to the manufacturer, include a note indicating the detector is to be disposed of, and mail it to the address listed on the back of the detector. The fol­lowing smoke detector manufacturers/distributors will take back their smoke detectors:


Manufacturer/Distributor Phone Number Address for Return Notes
American Sensors/Dicon Global 800-387-4219 Call to receive a number and return information Accepts Dicon Global
American Sensors brands only
Firex 800-445-8299 Firex c/o Disposal Website address:
28C Leigh Fisher Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79906
First Alert/BRK 800-323-9005 Ext. 2 Customer Service Dept Accepts up to four device of First Alert/BRK brand at a time. Call ahead for mailing instructions.
3920 Enterprise Court
Aurora, IL 60504
G.E. Security/ESL 888-437-3287 12345 Southwest Levetan Dr. Will accept G.E. Security/ESL brands only
Tualatin, OR 97062
Honeywell 800-328-5111 Returned Goods, Accepts Honeywell smoke detectors only
Honeywell, Inc.
Dock 4-MN10-3860
1985 Douglas Drive North
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Kidde 800-880-6788 Ext. 1 1016 Corporate Park Dr. Will only accept Kidde brand smoke detectors
Mebane, NC 27302
Sears local number Some Sears locations are Call to find out if local Sears will accept smoke detectors
designated collection sites
System Sensors 800-736-7672 Ext. 1 Call to receive a reference Will accept “System Sensor” brand only. Asking payment of $3.00 for each detector to cover recycling costs.
number and return information
USI Electric/Universal 800-390-4321 Ext. 1 Attention: Disposal Dept. Return only detectors that say “ionization” on the back. Only USI Electric or Universal brand detectors accepted. Enclose a note that the smoke detector is being returned for recycling.
7A Gwynns Mill Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117


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