Message from the County Fire Marshal

No One in Frederick County Should Be Without Working Smoke Alarms
Proper Smoke Alarm Placement
Dear Residents of Frederick County, thank you for taking the time to read this important message. As a life-long resident of Frederick County and a member of the fire and rescue service for over 30 years, I can say without a doubt that you have a well trained and dedicated fire and rescue service ready to serve and protect you at a moment’s notice. Whether you are in need of emergent assistance or just have a question or concern, the men and women that comprise the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services stand at the ready to help.
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Importance of Smoke Alarms
Nationally, the fire service has emphasized, for years, the importance of having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms in your home. This emphasis is no different in Frederick County and the message is clear - smoke alarms save lives. Yet, our experience shows that it is still an all-too-common occurrence to find residences with non-working smoke alarms or no smoke alarms at all. This is not an acceptable risk to us in the fire and rescue service and it does not have to be a risk that you and your loved ones have to accept. Through a weekly door-to-door campaign over the past year, your local fire departments have visited over 4,000 homes, installed over 500 smoke alarms, replaced over 300 smoke alarm batteries, and checked over 1,500 smoke alarms for proper operation. A phone call or email is all that it takes to make sure that you, your family, and loved ones have working smoke alarms in your home. If you cannot afford smoke alarms, your local fire department will install 10-year, lithium battery-powered smoke alarms for you and at no charge. If you need help testing, changing batteries, installing or replacing your smoke alarm, or just have questions, we are there to help as well. Remember, 65% of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. Why live with this statistic when you do not have to? Your smoke alarms are the single most important piece of equipment in your home and probably the cheapest to maintain. Please read the smoke alarm information contained on this website and call today if you need assistance. There's no excuse for not having properly installed or maintained smoke alarms!

Please take the time to contact us! Your life may depend upon it!

Hearing Impaired Alarms

Note: Smoke alarms for the hearing impaired are also available.