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Residential Smoke Detector Program

The Lancaster City Bureau of Fire provides assistance and education in residential fire detection and suppression systems. The Fire Bureau is here to respond to residents' questions regarding fire alarms, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and residential sprinkler systems and will provide and install detectors free of charge, if available, to owner occupied residences.

Use of detectors using removable nine volt batteries as a source of power shall be prohibited in all situations.

A detector is required on the ceiling or wall outside of each sleeping area, in each bedroom or room that can be used to sleep in (every room, except the kitchen and bathroom) and on each level of the house, including the basement.

The City fire code requires either hard-wired smoke detectors with battery backup or 10 year non-removable (tamperproof) lithium battery detectors.
As per the International Fire Code 2009 Edition.

Donations to purchase smoke detectors may be sent to the Lancaster City Fire Foundation at 100 S. Queen Street, St. 103, Lancaster, Pa. 17603.