National statistics have shown that if you have a properly installed and working smoke detector, you have more than a fifty percent chance of survival in the event of a fire. The department offers free smoke detector checks, assistance with changing batteries, and help with installation. You should have a smoke detector installed in every bedroom, outside of the bedroom, on every floor of the house to include basements and occupied attic areas. We also recommend that you replace your existing smoke detectors every ten years. If you have questions, please contact the fire department at (804)805-2563 or e-mail us.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The department recognizes that every year hundreds of people across the nation are exposed to high levels of deadly carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is produced by the burning of a fossil fuel such as natural gas, wood, or oil. It is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas. You may never know that you are being exposed. Some of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are nausea, headaches, feeling sick, feeling sleepy, late stages include redness of the skin. If you have a gas furnace, gas hot water, fireplace, or attached garage, we recommend that you have a carbon monoxide detector. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on installation and maintenance. We also recommend that you replace your existing carbon monoxide detectors every seven years.