• Facts: Fire Safety Laws & Legislation

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    Effective, January 30, 2014. Dwelling units built before July 1987 which are not zoned as one-family and two-family dwellings, or one- and two-family townhouses. Battery-operated smoke alarms installed in residential dwellings built before July 1987 shall be replaced:

    1) When the smoke alarm is older than 10 years from the date of manufacture;
    2) When the smoke alarm is needing to be replaced for any reason;
    3) When the smoke alarm does not have a date of manufacture; OR
    4) When the dwelling's owner cannot show that they have a program to test smoke alarms, maintain smoke alarms and to replace smoke alarm batteries. 

    A smoke alarm shall be listed as having a tamper resistant housing and powered by a battery that is non-removable, non-replaceable and capable of powering the alarm for a minimum of 10 years from the manufacturer's date on the device.

    Effective January 1, 2009. 
    All newly constructed one and two-family dwellings and town homes not more than three stories, upon initial permit are required to install CO alarms in the vicinity of bedrooms.

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