Was Your House Built Before January 1977 New Smoke Alarm Regulations Are Now In Effect

Dated: 05/30/2019

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So you have decided that you want to sell or rent your house.  Beware of the new Smoke Alarm regulation that became effective this year.  Homes that were built prior to January 1977 are now required to install 10 year sealed battery smoke detectors in both single & multi family dwellings.  This also affects motel rooms and all housing units in rooming houses.  Houses built after January 1, 1977 are not affected because these houses had to meet the state's Uniform Construction Code that required installation of alternating current hardwired alarms.  The Department of Community Affairs states that the most common reason a smoke alarm stops functioning is the lack of a working battery.  The installation of the 10 year sealed battery smoke alarm will last 10 years before replacement required.  So before you list or rent your house that was built prior to 1977 make sure you  install new 10 year battery smoke detectors.  This will also keep you & your family safe in case of a fire.

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