Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Inspections
To schedule your residential home for a smoke/carbon monoxide detector inspection please call Danvers Fire Headquarters at 978-762-0245.
The Danvers Fire Department conducts residential smoke/carbon monoxide detector inspections Monday through Friday, between the hour of 3:30 to 4:30. All detectors must be tested prior to the fire departments inspection. Upon testing and approving the locations of the detectors a Certificate of Compliance will be issued by the inspecting fire official. The cost of this inspection is $50.00 per unit. Please read below if you have any questions regarding the locations or types of detectors required in your home.
The State law requires operating smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every habitable level, including finished portions of basements and attics. On December 1, 2016, the code has changed with regard to the type of alarms required. Please call the Fire Prevention Office is you have any questions regarding your inspection.
- First Floor – An approved smoke alarm shall be installed on the ceiling of each stairway leading to the floor above, near the base of, but not within each stairwell. A smoke alarm should also be placed outside the bedroom door.
- Second Floor – An approved smoke alarm shall be installed on the ceiling in the hallway outside the bedrooms.
- Basement – An approved smoke alarm shall be installed on the ceiling of the basement stairway leading to the floor above, near the base of, but not within the stairwell. If the ceiling is unfinished, place the alarm on the edge of the joist (not in the bay between the ceiling/floor joists).
- General Information – Ceilings that are vaulted or sloped, the alarm shall be placed on the higher side. Peaked ceilings shall have the alarm located within three feet of the peak and tray ceilings shall have the alarm placed within the tray. Remember, heat and smoke rise and will travel to these places first. With approved smoke alarms installed in the proper locations; early warning it will give you the best chance of survival in a fire, see diagram below.
- Test each smoke alarm in your home prior to your scheduled inspection, if any one of the alarms is not functioning properly you will not be issued a Certificate of Compliance. A fresh battery should be placed in each alarm and marked with a date. Hardwired smoke alarms (in newer homes) need to be tested for proper operation. Hardwired smoke alarms are interconnected and should activate all the other hardwired smoke alarms in the home.
- A number must be on the house/building at the time of inspection. Your permit/certificate cannot be issued unless the number is present, as required by MGL Chapter 148, Section 59.
- Battery operated smoke alarms may not replace hardwired smoke alarms.
- Interconnected, hardwired smoke alarms must all sound when any alarm is tested.
- If you have any questions regarding your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, please call the Fire Prevention Office before your inspection appointment.