Detector Use

Smoke detectors are an easy way to assure the safety of you and your family. A properly functioning smoke detector can alert occupants to a fire during its early stages of development. Check and clean your Smoke Detector monthly to assure that it is working properly. If your smoke detector(s) are hard wired install a battery operated unit as a backup, remember that the electric type will not operate during power outages. 

Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your residence with additional unit installed in each bedrooms. If you have any questions concerning the installation of smoke detectors contact you local Fire Department or Building Inspector. 

Keep Your Detector Working Properly

Some simple steps to keep your detector working properly include:

  • Test your detector weekly
  • Clean off the dust
  • Replace the battery every six months
  • If you recently moved into a new house/apartment, replace all of the batteries in the smoke detectors
  • Replace any damage detectors
  • Manufacturers recommend that you replace detectors about every 8 to 10 years

Free Smoke Detectors

Stop by the Nags Head Fire and Rescue Headquarters, located at milepost 14 on the by-pass (5314 South Croatan Highway), from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and receive up to two free smoke detectors and up to four 9 volt replacement smoke detector batteries. Proof of Nags Head residency is required.