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A Note About Smoke Detectors

The Novi Fire Department wants to remind the community when they change their clocks, make a change that could save lives - change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Here are some tips to reduce your chances of being a fire victim:

- Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.

- Test smoke detectors monthly.

- Make sure detectors can be heard throughout the home.  Install additional alarms if needed per manufacturer’s instructions.

- Have an escape plan. Have at least two ways out of every room, making sure that all doors and windows can be opened without a key or special effort. Have a meeting place outside, and when you are out…stay out!

“The Novi Fire Department would like to help residents who can’t afford to purchase smoke detectors or those in need of assistance with installing or testing smoke detectors,” notes David E. Molloy, Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police. “Working together, we can ensure that every resident is protected.
  • The Fire Department provides battery-operated smoke detectors only.
  • If the resident buys the hard-wired detectors, the plugs MUST be the same for each or have an adapter to plug into each plug, unplug old and plug in new.  The Fire Department will not cut or splice any wires. Resident MUST get an electrician to install detectors.
  • The Fire Department will not disassemble furniture to install a smoke detector.
Those in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the Novi Fire Department at 248-349-2162.”

Smoke Alarm Safety - USFA/FEMA website
Smoke Alarm Safety - SaveOnEnergy website

The Novi Fire Department will provide a free courtesy Home Safety Inspection. Inspections provide an opportunity to educate the home owner or occupants about fire safe behavior and the need for adequate fire and life safety conditions inside and outside of the residence. The inspection will check each area of your home and offer fire safety tips and suggestions to safe guard your family from the threat of fire or other potential hazards.

The inspection typically lasts between 20-30 minutes. At the conclusion of the inspection a copy of the findings will be given to the resident along with suggestions and recommendations on how to correct any hazard found during the inspection.

This program is strictly voluntary, but if you participate there are many benefits to you and your family. The Novi Fire Department simply wishes to assist you in making your home fire safe and hazard free. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Novi Fire Department Shift Supervisor at 248-735-5673.

Firefighters posed with community members in front of fire truck