Do the smoke alarms in your home meet current safety regulations? If you aren’t sure, today’s message will help you find out.

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Smoke alarms are among any home’s most important safety features.

Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of the regulations and precautions they must follow in regard to these crucial devices. For this reason, today we’d like to provide you with some key insight on the subject.

Smoke alarm regulations in the state of Maryland have changed quite a bit over the years—which, in and of itself, speaks to their importance.

Before 1975, smoke alarms could be battery operated or AC powered. Between 1975 and 1989, AC powered alarms were required. After a couple more changes to these laws, the most recent regulation was set in 2013, when it was stipulated that smoke alarms must be AC powered, have a battery back up, and be configured to sound simultaneously.


“Following these precautions will be crucial to keeping your home and family safe.”


In addition to these rules, a home’s smoke alarms must also be no more than 10 years old. If yours is older than this and you’re planning to sell your property, you will need to disclose this point to the buyer.

Now that we’ve covered the configuration and age of these devices, what about their locations? Actually, there are regulations regarding this, as well. There are three stipulations to keep in mind regarding the placement of smoke alarms:

  1. One alarm must be located on each level of a home, including the basement.
  2. One alarm must be located outside of each sleeping area.
  3. AC devices must be replaced with hardwired devices.

Following these precautions will be crucial to keeping your home and family safe.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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