Sunday – Fall Back & Check those alarms!!

It’s time to turn back those clocks – November 3rd we “Fall Back” an hour. It’s also recommended we change our fire and carbon monoxide alarm batteries. For the best protection, are the alarms in the safest areas of your Cedar Rapids area home and up to code?

This is for new or replacement smoke alarms …..

According to the Iowa State Fire Marshall, “A dual sensor detector means a smoke detector which contains both an ionization sensor and a photoelectric sensor and which is designed to detect and trigger an alarm in response to smoke detected through either sensing device, or a smoke detector which has at least two sensors and which is listed to Underwriters Laboratory Standard 217, Single and Multiple Station Smoke Alarms, or to another standard approved by the state fire marshal.”

Click here for more information from the Iowa State Fire Marshall.

According to Iowa State Code, “Existing single-family dwelling units shall be equipped with approved smoke detectors.  A person who files for a homestead credit pursuant to chapter 425 shall certify that the single-family dwelling unit for which the credit is filed has a smoke detector installed in compliance with this section, or that one will be installed within thirty days of the date the filing for the credit is made.  The state fire marshal shall adopt rules and establish appropriate procedures to administer this subsection.”

Also, “No person may render inoperable a smoke detector, which is required to be installed by this section, by tampering.

According to 2006 IRC – R313.2 Location: Smoke alarms shall be installed in the following locations:

1. In each sleeping room.

2.    Outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.

3.    On each additional story of the dwelling, including basements but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwellings or dwelling units with split-levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less than one full story below the upper level.

When more than one smoke alarm is required to be installed within an individual dwelling unit, the alarm devices shall be interconnected in such a manner that the actuation of one alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit.


  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

  • Make sure everyone in your home knows the sound of the smoke alarm.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide alarms are required to be on each living level of the home which has a fuel burning appliance. (gas water heater for example or gas stove)

Or click here to find out more about Smoke Alarms.

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