Updating smoke alarms to comply with the most recent law saves lives. Nearly two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. And that’s mainly due to missing or dead batteries.
Like most things in the home, smoke alarm technology has advanced over the years. The updates to Maryland’s Smoke Alarm Law are part of a nationwide trend to ensure new and replacement smoke alarms have the most effective technology available to safeguard your home and loved ones. Smoke alarm requirements vary in Maryland based on the year the home was built. Find out the smoke alarm requirements* for when your home was built and the updates that you need to make to follow the current law:
CURRENT MARYLAND SMOKE ALARM LAW
Smoke alarms shall be installed in the following locations:
According to Maryland’s Smoke Alarm Law, smoke alarms shall be upgraded when one of the following occur:
Smoke alarms shall be hard wired interconnected units except sealed battery-operated smoke alarms with long-life batters and silent/hush features may be installed in locations of the home where hard-wired smoke alarms did not previously exist.
Current tamper-resistant fire alarms have a 10-year battery that homeowners or renters cannot remove and a “hush” button that can temporarily stop the alarm during non-emergency situations. Tamper-resistant alarms lower the chance of “borrowing” the batteries for a remote control or taking them out while cooking and forgetting to replace them. But remember, sealed battery-operated smoke alarms are appropriate only where battery-operated smoke alarms presently exist as permitted by code, or in locations where a smoke alarm is not already present. It is never alright to remove a hardwired smoke detector and replace it with a battery-operated one.
At Brothers, we treat all customers like family, and each home as if it were our own. That’s why we are committed to keeping your home safe by following all laws and building codes in effect at the time of your remodel. If you’re planning a project in your home, schedule a consultation today! Our experienced consultants and licensed electricians will guide you through the safest and most effective way to complete your home renovation.
*Note: Smoke alarm requirements can vary by local jurisdictions or counties with additional amendments.