Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!


Albemarle County residents in need of a working smoke detector can visit the Prevention Division's website by clicking here, or schedule an installation by calling 434-296-5833 during normal business hours.  City of Charlottesville residents in need of a working smoke detector can visit the City's website by clicking here, or by calling the Charlottesville Fire Department's Neighborhood Safety Hotline at 434-970-3245.



Change Your Clocks; Change Your Batteries

Most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. 

Install smoke alarms in all sleeping rooms, hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and each additional level of your home. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling 4” from the wall; wall mounts should be 4-12” from the ceiling. Do not install near draft areas (windows, vents).

Please contact us with any questions.



A good time to remember to check your smoke alarm and change the batteries is when you change your clocks twice a year as daylight savings time begins and ends.

Prepare and practice an escape plan! Crawl low under smoke. Plan where to meet outside.

Once you’re out, Stay out!

Remember, almost every day a smoke alarm    saves somebody’s life.