New Smoke Alarm Laws Take Place on July 15, 2015

The exemption that currently exists for battery powered smoke alarms installed prior to July 1, 2014, expires shortly on July 15, 2015.

Here are the new laws that you must abide by or else risk legal exposure if there is a fire:

  1. Battery operated smoke alarms must be replaced with those that contain a sealed battery and is rated to last at least 10 years. All hard wired smoke alarms must comply with provisions that have a label showing the date of instillation and manufacturer.

Product Requirements

  1. Can be hardwired with a battery backup or solely battery powered, but must contain a nonremovable battery that is rated 10 years.
  2. Must display the date the product was manufactured and must have a place to display the date it is installed on the smoke alarm.
  3. Must have a built in hush feature.Places Where One Must Have Smoke Alarm 
  4. Every bedroom
  5. Hallways leading to bedrooms that are centrally located outside sleeping areas.
  6. Every level/floor including basement.
  7. If mounted on the ceiling should be at least 4 inches from the wall.
  8. If mounted on the wall should be 4-12 inches from the ceiling.

    Landlord Requirements

  9. All of the above mentioned requirements pertain to landlords. In addition, the landlord cannot make the tenant responsible for testing or maintaining the smoke alarm. It is now the landlord’s responsibility.

Scott Souders is a real estate attorney who has practiced real estate law in excess of 39 years in Southern California.

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