Smoke Alarms

Property Owner Photoelectric Smoke Alarm Inspection Form

On Wednesday 2/27/13, legislation requiring that all rental properties have photoelectric smoke alarms installed outside the structure’s sleeping quarters was passed by Cincinnati City Council, in addition rental property owners are now required to inspect the required photoelectric smoke alarms annually and when executing a new lease agreements, and report their findings to the Cincinnati Fire Department; City of Cincinnati Ordinance Number 45-2013.

The Cincinnati Fire Department’s Property Owner Photoelectric Smoke Alarm Inspection Form is being provided for documentation of the required inspection and shall be posted in the building’s boiler room or furnace room at all times. Cincinnati Fire Inspectors and Community Development Building Officials will check the records when inspecting your property.

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms to provide enough protection.
  • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms so when one sounds they all sound.
  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms (also known as dual sensor alarms) are recommended.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards.
  • For the best protection, interconnect all carbon monoxide alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a carbon monoxide alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Test the carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel arrives.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if the garage door(s) are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce carbon monoxide – only use outside.
  • If you are in need of a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm – please contact the Cincinnati Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau at 513-357-7585

Safe Summer Nights

The Cincinnati Fire Department's Safe Summer Nights Program has been instrumental in helping the Department to warn the public on the dangers of fire and the value of life-saving.

The Safe Summer Nights Program has allowed the Cincinnati Fire Companies to install more than 2,000 smoke alarms in apartment buildings and homes.

In addition, more than 200 carbon monoxide alarms were also distributed. The Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross donated all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

For more information about the Safe Summer Nights Program, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 513-352-2361.