Smoke Detectors/Alarms

​​​​Smoke alarms, also known as “smoke detectors”, are often the first line of defense for residential homes and businesses.  When working properly, they can alert occupants of a fire and allow enough time for people to evacuate to a safer location.  They also enable occupants to call 9-1-1 sooner and, in some cases, are monitored so emergency services are automatically contacted.  In the City of Virginia Beach, the “Operation Smoke Detector” Program (see below) allows residential occupants to contact our Life Safety Division and have your smoke alarms checked by the closest fire station.  If any alarms are inoperative, a new smoke alarm or battery will be provided free of charge.


Routine checks of smoke alarms are recommended

  • Change batteries at Daylight Saving Time
  • Test it monthly by pushing the test button located on the smoke alarm
  • If the smoke alarm is 10 years old or greater, replacement is recommended
  • If age of smoke alarm is unknown,  replacement is recommended
  • Always follow the smoke alarm’s manufacturer recommendations 

“Operat​ion Smoke Detector” Program

  The “Operation Smoke Detector” Program is a community service project that is funded by donations from businesses, community groups, and citizens of Virginia Beach.  The project is designed to provide and install smoke alarms in homes of qualified Virginia Beach citizens who do not have smoke alarms or are unable to install them on their own.​

The program is available to citizens that are Virginia Beach residents who own AND live in the requested home.  Residents may also qualify if:

  • They do not already have a working smoke alarm
  • Are not financially able to purchase the alarms
  • Have at least one child under the age of 18
  • Have anyone over 60 years of age.  
Maintenance of the smoke alarms (battery, etc.) is the responsibility of the residents.

Please schedule your request through the “Operation Smoke Detector” Program by calling 471-5826.  A recording will ask for your name, address, and telephone number.  Within a few days, you will be contacted for additional information and the closest Fire Company will make an appointment to install the smoke alarm(s).
Please contact the Life Safety Division with any further questions at:
Direct:  (757) 385-2875         Email: 
Smoke Alarm flyer from NFPA


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