Are you aware that a new Maryland smoke alarm law went into effect in July 2013? Although that was three years ago, the law is still relevant because it gave those targeted a five year allowance to comply. What if you were unaware of the new law? What if you were misinformed about the requirements? We’re here to educate you on the importance of fire protection and five key points you need to know about the Maryland smoke alarm law before the compliance deadline in 2018.
Why Do Smoke Alarms Matter?
Smoke alarms alert residents at the early sign of a fire and allow them additional time to escape from danger – which in most cases, is truly life-saving. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) conducted a survey between 2009-2013 that indicated fires in homes with no smoke alarms caused an average of 940 deaths each year, while an additional 510 people per year were fatally injured in fires where a smoke alarm was present but failed to operate.
Maryland Smoke Alarm Law Requirements
The Maryland smoke alarm law targets property managers, homeowners, and builders and requires that the following fire protection requirements are met before January 1, 2018:
- Install sealed, lithium-powered smoke alarms that feature a 10-year battery life and a silence function that allows the alarm to be hushed without removing the battery
- Ensure that your smoke alarm has been replaced within the past 10 years, since both battery-operated and hard-wired smoke alarms have a 10-year expiration date
- Smoke alarms must be strategically placed outside of EVERY sleeping area AND on the entry level of your home (not to exclude basements, both finished and unfinished)
- If your home was built in 1994 or later, smoke alarms are also required INSIDE of all sleeping areas (for maximum protection, fire officials recommend installing smoke alarms inside of sleeping areas regardless of the year your property was constructed)
- Again, all of the above requirements must be fulfilled by January 1, 2018; if you need further information or assistance you can call 3-1-1 or contact CSS
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