Smoke Detector Program

Marinwood Community Services District

Smoke Detector Program

A Smoke Detector can SAVE YOUR LIFE! The Fire Department sponsors a free service designed to ensure all homes in Marinwood and County Service Area 13 are equipped with a working smoke detectors. The Marinwood Fire Department will install new smoke detectors absolutely free in all locations where needed, as prescribed by the manufacturer and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The homeowner and occupants will be instructed in the use and maintenance. 

If you rent your home and smoke detectors do not work or are not present

  • Contact the Fire Department
  • Property owners are required to provide working smoke detectors in their residential rental properties; fire marshals will assist in having the owners install the smoke detector.

If you own your home and are unable to purchase a smoke detector

  • Contact the Fire Department
  • Firefighters will install a properly located, battery-operated smoke detector at no charge. 

The Marinwood Fire Department will also check existing smoke detectors to ensure they are working and in a proper location.

Every time you change your clock, its time to change your smoke detector batteries. 


Fire Facts:

  • Fire in your home can turn a familiar environment into a confusing maze. Develop a home escape plan and practice with your family.
  • Smoke kills -- most fire victims die from smoke inhalation long before the flames reach them.
  • More fire deaths occur when people are sleeping, between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Fire increases in temperature quickly.
  • According to the NFPA, you have less than two (2) minutes to escape your house.

In a fire, seconds really do mean the difference between life and death. A properly located, working smoke detector can give you those valuable seconds to get you and your family outside to safety. 


Facts about Smoke Detectors:

Smoke Detectors are indispensable tools for life safety but they require proper installation and maintenance. Location is critical for ample warning. Caring for smoke detectors is quick and easy task. Check the following recommendations or contact the Fire Prevention Division for any questions.

1. Every home should have at least one smoke detector

  • In the vicinity of sleeping rooms
  • On each level of living space (including basements)

2. Test battery operator smoke detectors weekly

  • Electrical (AC) powered smoke detectors should be tested monthly
  • Replace batteries at least twice a year
  • Daylight Savings and Pacific Standard Time is a good day to remember to replace batteries.
  • Keep the outside cover of the detector free from dust and dirt.
  • Lightly vacuum or dust from the outside
  • Do not take it apart to clean or repair
  • Replace your smoke detectors that are over ten years old.