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Smoke Alarms / Smoke Detectors

Smoke Alarms/Smoke Detectors are one of the most important life safety features that you can have in your home.  The presence of these in homes has proven that it can save your life should a fire occur.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in structures without working smoke alarms.  A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

Please click the link below to learn how to keep you and your family safe should that catastrophic event occur.

If you have any questions regarding your smoke detectors or are unsure if they are in proper working condition you may contact Jeb Brady, Code Official for the Town of Cape Charles at 757-331-3259 ext. 22.


Lead Paint and the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP)

In an effort to make citizens aware of EPA regulations regarding Lead-Based Paint, the Town is providing this information to its citizens to inform them of the dangers of Lead-Based Paint and actions that should be taken when any RRP projects are performed on your property. There have been some recent concerns with contractors performing renovations on homes within the Historic District which were built prior to 1978.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) to protect against the risk of lead poisoning. It requires that firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that would disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by the EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers, to follow lead-safe work practices. All homes built prior to 1978 must be treated as if they contain lead until a test can prove otherwise.

If your house was built prior to 1978 and you want to hire someone for a RRP project, ask to see their required EPA certification. You may also search for EPA certified renovation firms online. The Town also advises you to review the EPA webpage regarding Lead-Based Paint for more important information.

this information is provided to you to ensure your safety and well-being. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jeb Brady at (757) 331-3259 ext. 22 or via email at


Carbon Monoxide Safety

As we are coming into the cooler months of the season the Building Department would like to make all residents aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.  Please download a flyer which explains the dangers and precautions that should be taken to avoid being a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.  Carbon Monoxide detectors are relatively inexpensive and are highly recommended for anyone that has fuel fired appliances in the house and/or have attached garages.  If anyone has any questions regarding the information, please contact Jeb Brady, Code Official at 757-331-3259 ext. 22 or via email at


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