The assistant fire chief says this time of year it is especially important with power outages that can cause your detector to run on its battery and drain its energy.
He also says it is important to make sure you have a battery back-up for your hard-wired detectors in the first place.
It is recommended that people change their batteries at least twice a year.
"You should have at minimum a smoke detector in your house, they aren't that expensive anymore," says Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Riitano. "It's a good idea for your safety and the safety of anyone living in the house with you."
People who do not have a smoke detector can contact the red cross.
The organization holds a free smoke detector giveaway nationwide called Sound the alarm, which runs April 28th through May 13th.