Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms Save Lives

They provide the first warning of at least 60% of fires that start at night. The sooner the fire is discovered, especially during sleeping hours, the less destructive and deadly the consequences. This is why smoke alarms should never be ignored!

Are You Protected?

3 of every 5 home fire deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms!
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. The smoke alarm should be at least 4 inches from the nearest wall or high on the wall between 4-12 inches from the ceiling.
  • Placement: On the ceiling at least 4 inches from the nearest wall, between 4 - 12 inches from the ceiling, in open hallways or near sleeping areas, every room should have an alarm, but at least 1 on each floor. DO not place near a window or door where it can affect the operation of alarm.
  • Test smoke alarms monthlyby pushing the “test” button and listen for the alarm. 
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries every six months. Also, remember smoke alarm units need to be replaced every 10 years. The Romeoville Fire Department has partnered with the American Red Cross to provide free smoke alarms, along with installation to residents. Call the American Red Cross at (331) 321-1799 or register at to schedule an appointment.
  • Alarms don't last forever - remember to replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Plan and practice your escape route with your family at least twice a year.
  • If your smoke alarm does sound, leave the home immediately and call 9-1-1.
  • False Alarms: There has come a time or 2 that you have disconnected the smoke alarm and/or took the battery out while you cooked. A majority of those times you remembered to place the battery back in, but there can come a time that you will forget - this is not recommended to do. When your alarm sounds because of cooking or repair work being done in the home just simply open a window or wave a magazine under it to stop it from alarming.

Help From the Fire Prevention Bureau

The Romeoville Fire Prevention Bureau would gladly assist residents (such as seniors or disabled) in checking or replacement of your smoke detectors. Please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 815-372-4045 for additional information.