Becky Dalke and Associates' Blog
Are your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors up to date? Whether you are thinking of selling your home or not, now is a great time to investigate those safety features in your home. As of December 1st,2016-Massachusetts updated the requirements for smoke and CO2 detectors. The changes only apply to one and two-family residences built before January 1, 1975 that have not been substantially altered.
Homes built prior to 1975 MUST be equipped with a smokedetector with a 10-year life span. These detectors are sold as 10 year sealed lithium battery power smoke alarms and canbe purchased at local hardware stores. Also remember that current rules require photoelectric detectors covering the area within 20 feet of a kitchen or bathroom containing a bathtub or shower. The 10 year sealed detectors are sold with both photoelectric and the older ionization technologies
1975 was the date chosen for these new requirements because homes built after this dated were already required by state building code to have hard wired power supplies for smoke detectors. But it is also important to note that hard wired detectors also have a battery back-up that should also be replaced every 10 years. Details on the new requirements can be found by clicking HERE