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Smoke Detector Program
In 1992, Fairfield Fire Departmentset out to provide a courtesy smoke detector inspection for approximately 19,000 single and two family dwellings located in Fairfield. The objective of the program was to check for smoke detector compliance based on the town fire safety code (see below for summary). Prior to this effort, the Smoke Detectors of the Fairfield Fire Safety Code had been in existence since March 1981. Fire companies worked day and night to conduct these inspections. Personnel would identify problems to the home owners, place stickers where detectors were needed and offer to install detectors and batteries at no charge. Both the Town and the Fairfield Firefighters' Local 1426 purchased many detectors and donated them to seniors and indigent families. In January of 1993, after visiting over 17,000 homes, records indicated that 47% of the homes visited did not meet the minimum code at the time of the visit.
Since the previous policy of the department was ineffective, a more aggressive approach was taken. When Fire units respond to any type of call in a residence with the exception of emergency medical calls, firefighters check the house for smoke detector compliance. If the house does not meet code, a police officer is called to the scene and issues an infraction ($90.00).
Smoke detectors must be installed in all Town of Fairfield dwelling units.
The following diagrams illustrate the minimum protection required by law.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Above examples illustrate minimum smoke detection requirements in residential units. Additional smoke detectors or an early warning fire detection system should be considered.