A new smoke detector law went into effect this week, are your home’s smoke detectors compliant? The Maryland Smoke Alarm Law was passed back in 2013, and officially took effect on January 1, 2018. This new law requires homes with older, battery powered smoke alarms and those with no alarms to install newer devices that have sealed-in long-lasting batteries. These new devices also come equipped with a “hush” button so that the alarm doesn’t go off whenever you turn the oven up too high!
Smoke Alarms are Crucial for Fire Safety
So how do you know if your alarm needs to be replaced? Well, most units have a manufacture date on the back. If it is older than 10 years old, it needs replacing. If you cannot find a date, it is likely that the smoke detector is older than 10 years and you should replace it. The Safety of you and your Maryland home are very important to TriStar Electric, so if you’re unsure about the age of your smoke detectors or you’d like new ones installed give us a call to schedule a consultation.
Even though there won’t be anyone going door-to-door to inspect homes for compliance with the new law, it is still important that you do. Even if you think it is a pain to deal with, and that the likelihood of a fire is unbelievably slim in your home, there’s still a chance. Smoke detectors save lives, don’t you think it’s a good idea to have the latest ones in your home?
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No matter the job, big or small, the professionals at TriStar Electric will be happy to discuss your project and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We offer free in-home consultations, plus an after-hours and emergency phone line for advice or service!
If you have any questions about our electrical repairs or upgrades, please contact TriStar Electric, Maryland’s premier residential and commercial electrician, by calling 410-799-5791 or 301-384-8880. Or, you can fill out the contact form on our website.