How do I maintain a smoke detector?
Smoke detector batteries should last at least one year under normal conditions.

Residential fire deaths have decreased steadily as the number of homes with smoke detectors has increased. Reports from the National Fire Protection Association on residential fire deaths show that people have nearly a 50 percent better chance of surviving a fire if their home has the recommended number of smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors that are 10 years old are near the end of their service life and should be replaced. A smoke detector monitors the air 24 hours a day. At the end of 10 years, it has gone through over 3.5 million monitoring cycles. After this much use, components may become less reliable. This means that as the detector gets older, the potential of failing to detect a fire increases. Replacing them after 10 years reduces this possibility.

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1. What version of the International Fire Code has the City of Midland adopted?
2. Can work on my construction project begin before the plan review process is complete?
3. Can I use a BBQ grill on my porch or balcony?
4. How do I maintain a smoke detector?
5. How do I set up a fire protection system inspection?
6. What are the rules for fireworks in Midland?
7. Can a day-of fire protection system test be scheduled?
8. Can a building be occupied before the fire protection systems are tested and approved?
9. Can stock or merchandise be placed in a building before the fire protection system are tested and approved?
10. When is a Knox Box (key box) entry required on a property for emergency access?
11. Can a contractor go vertical with a building before the fire lane is installed or before the fire hydrants have been tested and approved?
12. Does the Midland Fire Department charge fees for plan submittals?
13. Who performs the hydrant flow tests?
14. What is the minimum size that numbers for an address need to be?
15. How much notice do we need to give to schedule initial inspections and final inspections?
16. What is the city of Midland’s protection class rating?
17. How many fire stations do we have?
18. Do we participate with the Knox program?
19. How do you obtain a Knox box?
20. Who is the county Fire Marshal & what is their number?
21. What edition of IFC do we use?
22. What edition of NFPA 72 do we use?
23. Do we enforce life safety 101 in the city limits?
24. When using the Existing Building Code what constitutes a high rise?