How often do you replace the batteries the batteries in your family's smoke detector? Can you remember the last time you changed it? If not, it's possible that the batteries aren't even working. According to fire experts, 60% of US homeowners have left a smoke alarm without a working battery.
How scary is that when two-thirds of all home fire deaths in America occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working alarm, mainly due to missing or disconnected batteries?
It seems like a problem that's easy to fix. Just replace the batteries today, right?
Unfortunately, the way most smoke alarms are designed requires the batteries to be changed every couple of months and the unit to be replaced every 10 years. This is a lot to keep up with for some families. As a matter of fact, one in four homes built prior to 2002 have never replaced their smoke detector. In addition three out of four homeowners don't know the proper locations for installation.
Many lives have been lost. In Maryland alone 39 home fire fatalities have been reported from January to June 2013.
As of July 1, 2013, a new law in the state of Maryland went into effect to prevent these tragedies in the future. The new law states that homes with battery-powered smoke alarms must update to long-life sealed in battery smoke alarms.
Is your home affected by the new Maryland law? Check this list provided by Kidde:
- Do you live in a home that uses battery-powered smoke alarms?
- Do you ever forget to replace the batteries in your smoke alarm?
- Do you have smoke alarms installed only in the hallways and not in every room?
- Do you know the last time you replaced your smoke alarm? Was is more than 10 years ago?
If you answered "Yes" to these questions than you need to check your fire safety equipment today.
The law applies to homes with alarms more than 10 years old. Additionally, homes will be required to install smoke alarms in all sleeping areas. Sealed in battery alarms may be used in those locations if the home currently has hardwired alarms.
The benefits of having the sealed in battery alarms are:
- They provide protection for 10 years without ever having to purchase or replace the batteries.
- The sealed in batteries are also tamper resistant.
- After 10 years the alarm will sound an end-of-life warning, letting owners know it is time to replace the alarm.
Residents will have until January 1, 2018 to comply with the new law, however residents are encouraged to upgrade their smoke detectors now.
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