AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Smoke detector requirements have been updated by the state, and will be put into place on December 1st.
“The old laws required both photoelectric and ionization detectors in variations locations in your home. This law only requires photoelectric detectors in your home,” said Agawam Fire Inspector Jacob Dushane.
The biggest change is that replacement battery powered alarms will have to have a 10 year, sealed, non-replaceable, non-rechargeable battery. These batteries won’t ever have to be changed for the entire life of the smoke alarm.
“If You’re looking to sell a single family or 2 family home what you want to do is check the smoke detectors…if they are more than 10 years old they should have the date on there when they expire,” said Brian Sears, a broker at Sears Real Estate.
To check how old your smoke alarm is, look at the manufacture date on the back. If it doesn’t have one, then it is already 10 years old and needs to be replaced. If you have any questions about these new requirements, you can call your local fire station for more information.
You can buy one of these new smoke detectors at any local hardware store. Just make sure they meet the new guidelines because some older detectors might still be on the shelf.