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    Question Fire Prevention Grant

    I have applied for a smoke and carbon monoxide detector grant and I am seeking information or direction on some questions. The first question I have is to any department that has started a smoke detector campaign. When you hand out the smoke detectors to the residents do you have them sign anything to take the responsibility off of the department if the smoke detector fails or the home owner fails to replace the battery? The second question is, Does any community have a law or ordinance that requires residential homes to have smoke detectors? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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    First off, a good smoke detector prevention program should have already determined what residents needed the detectors, and asked if they would allow the installation as part of your "risk assessment" which is a mandatory requirement for funding of the FP & S grant. Also, part of any wellthought out detector program should have also included that your department was going to supply and changeout the batteries at a six month point for the first year.

    In answer to your second question; most modern budiling codes now require mandatory smoke alarm installation in new homes so ,amended building codes etc. wil grandfather-in anything built before the date of the law. At the point where they woud apply for any significant remodeling or a rebuild after a disaster, they woud have to come up to the current code. New construction would be mandated to include the smoke detectors before a Certificate of Occupancy could be issued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brookside2100
    Does any community have a law or ordinance that requires residential homes to have smoke detectors?
    New York State requires that any new home or home that is sold must have working smoke detectors and CO alarms at the time of sale or for you certificate of occupancy.

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    Thank you for the replies. We did do a risk assessment and found out how many residents do not have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in the district. We will also be going door to door to install the detectors and then will be working with our local Rotary Club to hand out batteries every year. I just wondered if departments got a paper signed that the individuals will use the detectorsand if something happened that they would not hold the fire department liabable if the detector did not work properly. Thanks for the help.

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