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Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Posted by admin on January 29, 2018
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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors SAVE LIVES.


  • In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
  • No smoke alarms were present in almost two out of every five (38%) home fire deaths.  
  • The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs. 0.53 deaths per 100 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.
  • Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes § 42-42, the Landlord shall provide operable smoke alarms, either battery-operated or electrical. If the Premises has a fossil-fuel burning heater, appliance, or fireplace, or an attached garage, the Landlord shall provide and install a minimum of one operable carbon monoxide alarm per level in the Premises, either battery operated or electrical.  The Landlord shall ensure that a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm is operable and in good repair at the beginning of the Initial Term of the Tenancy. The Landlord shall place new batteries in any battery-operated smoke or carbon monoxide alarms at the beginning of the Initial Term of the tenancy, except where the smoke alarm is a tamper-resistant, 10-year lithium battery smoke alarm.


  • At the beginning of each new tenancy, we will have new batteries installed in every detector that is not a tamper-resistant, 10-year lithium battery alarm.
  • Properties that have expired alarms or do not have the required carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm will be upgraded to sealed, tamper-resistant, 10-year battery alarms to comply with North Carolina General Statutes.
  • We are serious about helping save lives and protecting your investment.  If you have any questions about this new policy please contact Randa@SRAhomes.com.