New Law Means New Smoke Detectors Required in 2018

A law passed in 2013 means Marylanders will need new smoke detectors, starting Jan. 1.

“The main reason was technology was changing and the new devices ,10 year devices, became available,” said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

“The trend that used to be that whenever we had a fatal fire, we found that there were either no smoke alarms or the smoke alarms that they had weren’t working or the battery was dead,” Piringer said. “Also, smoke alarms after 10 years, like most appliances, have a shelf-life, they have an expiration date and they were becoming in effective. There’s a little radioactive material in there that sensors the smoke and most sensors become ineffective after 10 years.”

Piringer advocated for hard-wired smoke alarms with battery backup. “That’s the premium service,” he said. He said carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every 10 years, too.

Trends in our area show firefighters are doing a good job getting the word about about smoke detectors, he said.

“Smoke alarms are working and people get out. That wasn’t always the case. It used to be that you had these tragic fires where people died and almost invariably they didn’t have a smoke alarm or the one they had wasn’t working,” he said.

Part of getting the word out has been a full-scale PR blitz on Twitter. Here are some recent tweets about the new smoke detector law:






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2 Responses to “New Law Means New Smoke Detectors Required in 2018”

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    On January 11, 2018 at 10:06 am responded with... #

    When it comes to safety equipment, such as smoke detectors, it is important to make sure they’re always up to code. This means that it is not only vital to replace equipment in a timely manner, but to also make sure the laws haven’t changed.

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    On January 25, 2018 at 6:16 am responded with... #

    What is the battery that should be bought?

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