Under a law taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, you’ll need to install smoke detectors that can keep working on the same battery for 10 years or more.
But chances are, you won’t have to do it yet.
You only need to install the 10-year battery models when:
- A current detector isn’t working.
- Work is done to a unit requiring a permit – and when the value of the work totals $1,000 or more.
In 2016, more requirements take effect, with smoke detectors required in all bedrooms and other rooms where people sleep, in accordance with state fire marshal regulations.
Rental property owners are responsible for testing and maintaining smoke alarms. When it comes time to replace one, you’ll need to install a smoke detector that:
- Displays the date of manufacture on the device
- Provides a place on the device where the date of installation can be written
- Incorporates a hush feature
- Incorporates an end-of-life feature with notice that the device needs replacing
- If battery operated, contains a non-replaceable, non-removable battery capable of powering the smoke alarm for at least 10 years.