New Bern Fire-Rescue offers a variety
of education opportunities for adults, as well as children. The Fire Prevention
Bureau offers Fire Extinguisher Classes, as well as a variety of lecture
presentations on Fire Life Safety Education. For more information on public
education for your organization or place of business, please call (252)
639-2931 or email Fire Marshal Danny Hill at HillD@NewBern-NC.org.
Smoke Alarms: Installation - Maintenance - Testing
How do I choose a smoke alarm?
Decide if you need a
fire alarm that operates on batteries or electric current. All laboratory-tested
smoke alarms will protect you if they are properly installed and maintained.
How many smoke alarms do I need?
You will need at least one smoke
alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement level. New homes
require smoke alarms in each sleeping room. On floors without bedrooms,
install alarms in or near dens, living rooms, family rooms, and other living
areas. If someone in your home is hearing impaired, you can select a smoke
alarm that flashes or is equipped with a strobe light.
Where should I install smoke alarms?
alarms should be positioned 4" - 12" from
the ceiling. Ceiling-mounted alarms should be installed at least
from the nearest wall. In a room with a pitched ceiling, mount the
alarm at or near the ceiling’s highest point.
Smoke alarm maintenance and testing
Smoke alarms should be tested,
at least once a month, by pushing the “test
button." New batteries should be installed twice a year, or per
your manufacturer’s recommendation. A good habit to develop is to change
batteries in the spring when you turn your clock ahead and in the fall
when you turn your clock back.