This is a quick reminder … your life could depend on it. Since July 1, 1987, every new dwelling and every new dwelling unit within an apartment, house, condominium, and townhouse and every motel, hotel, and dormitory shall be provided with an approved listed smoke detector. The smoke detector is to be located on the ceiling or wall at a point centrally located in the corridor or other area giving access to each group of rooms used for sleeping. If the dwelling has more than one story, detectors are required on each story including cellars and basements, but not including uninhabitable attics.
If a dwelling was constructed prior to July 1, 1987, an approved battery operated smoke detector – which shall be maintained in good working order – shall be in place.
- A working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.
- The detectors must be listed and meet the installation requirements of NFPA 72.
- Homeowners and Tenants are required to keep the smoke detector(s) in good working order.
- The law is enforced by local building and fire code officials.
- There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market but they fall under two basic types: ionization (sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs) and photoelectric (quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires). The dual sensor smoke alarms combine smoke alarms that combine ionization and photoelectric into one unit.
- Some alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.
- Test your alarm monthly and check the batteries, replace them at least once a year.