The State of Nevada does have codes and regulations which require the installation of smoke alarms in residential occupancies. Local government is considered to be the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for the authority to require and to enforce the requirements for single-family dwellings. In addition, the following smoke detector tips are provided below to help you keep your family safe.
General guidelines for smoke alarm placement:
Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside bedrooms. If you keep your bedroom doors closed, place a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
• Check smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button. If you cannot reach the button easily, use a broom handle.
• Change the batteries in your alarms at least once a year – perhaps when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
• Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do – leave the building immediately by
crawling low under the smoke – when they hear it sound.
• If cooking smoke sets off the alarm, do not disable it. Turn on the range fan, open a window, or wave a towel near the alarm.
• Do not remove the batteries to put in other appliances such as personal stereos or games.
• Smoke alarms wear out over time. Replace yours if it is 10 years old or more.
• Keep smoke alarms clean. Dust and debris can interfere with their operation. Vacuum over and around your smoke alarm regularly.
• Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened.
Guidelines for connecting the smoke alarm:
Hard-wired smoke alarms with battery back-ups need to be tested monthly and batteries replaced yearly.
For more information please visit: Smoke Alarms Life-Saving Tips
Contact: James Wright, State Fire Marshal
Office of the State Fire Marshal
107 Jacobsen Way
Carson City, Nevada 89711
Tel: (775) 684-7500
Fax: (775) 684-7507