Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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Smoke Detectors

  • Every dwelling unit shall be equipped with at least one smoke detector within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes
  • Smoke detectors should be installed on the ceiling at least 6 inches from any wall or on a wall between 4 and 6 inches from the ceiling
  • Every single-family residence shall have at least one smoke detector installed on every story, including basements, but not including unoccupied attics
  • Test the smoke detectors once a month and change the batteries twice a year
  • See the Illinois Smoke Detector Act for complete requirements

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Every dwelling unit shall be equipped with at least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes
  • The CO alarm may be combined with smoke-detecting devices provided that the combined unit emits an alarm in a manner that clearly differentiates the hazard
  • Test the CO alarms once a month and change the batteries twice a year
  • See the Illinois Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector Act for complete requirements

The Fire Department has partnered with the Illinois State Fire Marshall (ISFM) to take one more step to protect the lives of Hoffman Estates residents with a smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm give-away program for needy families. The ISFM provides a limited number of these alarms to requesting fire departments. To request a free smoke alarm, please call the Fire Department at 847-843-4825, or stop by any of the four Hoffman Estates fire stations.