The Fire Department has experienced several rental properties that had smoke detectors that did not operate because the battery was missing or the battery was disconnected. There have been a few cases a smoke detector was not present. Smoke detectors are a valuable asset to life safety in where we live.
Smoke detectors in existing rental property are a requirement stated in the Nebraska State Fire Marshal Act Book Section 81-5,144. At the minimum there shall be one smoke detector on each level of the home to also include the basement. A smoke detector shall be located outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping rooms.
It is the responsibility of the owner or owner’s authorized agent to supply and install a working smoke detector(s) in dwelling units, guest rooms, hotel rooms, and mobile homes which are being occupied for one month or more by the same occupant. The owner shall provide a notice to such occupant containing instructions for the testing of the smoke detector(s).
The occupant shall be responsible to perform tests on the smoke detector(s) as recommended by the owner or manufacturer’s instructions and the replacement of the battery or other replaceable energy unit. The occupant must immediately notify, in writing, the owner or authorized agent of any deficiencies.
It is recommended when you move into a new apartment or family dwelling to check for smoke detectors and test them with the owner or owner’s authorized agent present to insure that they are working.
Please feel free to contact the Fire Department at (308) 233-3226 if you have questions or concerns.