Where should I place smoke detectors in my home and how should they be maintained?
At a minimum you need to place a smoke detector in each bedroom and hallway outside the sleeping area. In addition, a detector is required on each level of your home. It is recommended that you change your batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year. While changing batteries, also vacuum your detector to prevent dust build-up and remove any insects that may be nesting. You should check your detectors with the test button each month to make sure they alarm properly. Smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years or sooner if they quit working. The materials used in making the detector lose their effectiveness over time causing the detector to eventually fail. If your smoke detector is chirping every 30 seconds first change your batteries. If that does not resolve the problem, change out your smoke detector for a new one.

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1. How do I obtain a fire incident report?
2. Can I have a backyard fire pit?
3. Can I burn in city limits or outside city limits?
4. My carbon monoxide detector is beeping and we do not feel sick, what should we do?
5. Day Care Inspections: How long does it take for the inspections, how much does it cost and what do they look for?
6. Where should I place smoke detectors in my home and how should they be maintained?
7. Do I need a carbon monoxide detector and what are the symptoms of CO poisoning?
8. Is a permit and testing required for a fire alarm system?
9. Is a permit required before a fire sprinkler system can be installed and what type of testing is required?
10. Is a permit required for other suppression systems for areas such as special storage, computer server rooms, paint booths, kitchen hoods, etc.?
11. Does the Fire Department give tours, how long do they last, and what do they talk about?
12. Do you trade patches?
13. Mail boxes – how close can they be to fire hydrants?
14. How close to a hydrant can you put your driveway?
15. How close to a fire hydrant or fire station entrance can you park?
16. What are the different types of Knox Boxes, what do they cost and how long does it take to get one? Where is the best place to put the box on your building?
17. What kind of fire extinguisher should I have for my home?
18. What do firefighters do all day?
19. What is the City of Bismarck's Fire Protection Rating (a.k.a. ISO Public Protection Classification)?
20. How does the fire department know where I live?
21. How do I implement an exit drill?
22. Where can I find more information regarding fire safety?