Smoke Alarms

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes 

with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms 


When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Having a smoke alarm, maintaining it, and knowing what to do when it goes off are key to getting outside quickly.


  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.  Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month.  Press the test button to make sure the alarm is working.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.  Keep smoke alarms at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove to avoid nuisance alarms.
  • Strobe light and/or bed shaker alarms are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

In addition to smoke alarm and/or battery installation, residents will work on escape planning and discuss local risks to the community.

For more information:

Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

What Kind of Smoke Alarm Should I Buy?

Smoke alarms are an important part of a fire escape plan

If you need assistance obtaining or installing your home smoke alarms, the Orange Beach Fire Department offers a home safety check program designed to provide and install smoke alarm(s) and/or batteries free* of charge to Orange Beach residents who own and live in the requested home. 

To request assistance from the Home Safety Check Program, please apply online using our home safety check request form

*While supplies last