Smoke Alarms

The Ottumwa Fire Department offers free dual sensor smoke alarms to residents. The smoke alarm program is available to anyone, and the Ottumwa Fire Department will install them, if needed, in your home at no cost. For more information you can contact the Ottumwa Fire Department at 641-683-0666.

The Ottumwa Fire Department recommends that residences should have one smoke alarm per floor and one in each sleeping area. Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years and batteries in smoke alarms should be replaced every year.


Install smoke alarms in key areas of your home

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.


A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.