Smoke/CO Detectors

The Robbinsville Township Fire Department recently concluded distributing smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors which were obtained through grant funding.  The public will be notified if additional detectors are obtained in the future.

Existing detection devices can be inspected by fire department personnel upon request.

Any questions regarding detectors may be directed to:

Robbinsville Township Fire Department
1149 Route 130
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
609-259-7814 x 4102
Email: [email protected]


How Many Do I Need?

The National Fire Protection Association standard on Household Fire Warning Equipment requires operating smoke detectors outside each bedroom and on each level of the dwelling.  If all bedrooms are on one level and off of a hallway, a smoke detector can be installed in the common hallway.  A Carbon Monoxide detector can also be installed in the hallway.  However, if separate bedrooms are located in other portions of the dwelling additional smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors will be required.

Where and How Should Smoke Detectors Be Installed?

Because smoke and combustible gases rise, a smoke detector should be mounted high on a wall or on a ceiling.  High mounting will allow a smoke detector to detect the first traces of smoke. Smoke detectors that are mounted on walls should be at least 4 inches but no more than 8 inches down from the ceiling.  Smoke detectors installed on the ceiling should be at least 4 inches from the walls or corners.  Smoke detectors should be no more than 10 feet from bedroom areas.

Where Should the Carbon Monoxide Detector Be Installed?

There are two types of Carbon Monoxide detectors available (electric and battery).  Because the Carbon Monoxide detector must be located in the area of the bedrooms, an electric detector can be installed if your dwelling has an electrical outlet in the hallway.  If an electrical outlet is not present, a battery detector can be installed on the ceiling or wall as per the manufactures recommendations.  Additionally, as with smoke detectors, if there are any remotely located bedrooms in other areas of the dwelling or on other levels an additional Carbon Monoxide detector will be needed.

Battery or Electric Detectors

If the dwelling was originally constructed with electric smoke detectors they should be utilized in place of battery operated detectors.  If the property was constructed prior to 1977, battery operated detectors are acceptable.  If at any time the dwelling was upgraded with electric smoke detectors they must be utilized and will be required when the home is sold.  An electric detector cannot be substituted with a battery detector.  Monitored alarm systems must be tested and certified by a licensed contractor.

Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives.

Smoke Detector Safety

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