The implementation of the new smoke alarm law that went into effect January 1, 2018 has generated many citizen calls. The following information regarding the Maryland law is to help you better understand it. At the end of this, you will find a name and phone number that you can call if you have further questions.
The intent of the new Smoke Alarm Law was to transition away from smoke alarms with the 9V batteries and to achieve as much reliable smoke alarm coverage as possible in older dwellings. Smoke alarm technology has advanced over the years, and the updates to Maryland’s Smoke Alarm Law are part of a nationwide trend to ensure new and replacement smoke alarms have the most effectively technology available.
The new law heavily emphasizes the use of sealed smoke alarms with long-life batteries and silence/hush buttons. However, it is critical to understand that these devices are appropriate only where battery-operated smoke alarms presently exist as permitted by Code or in locations where no smoke alarms are present. It is never acceptable to remove required hard-wired smoke alarms and replace them with any battery-only operated device.
The Maryland Law Requires:
- Replace battery-only operated smoke alarms with units powered by sealed in, ten-year/long-life batteries with a “silence/hush” feature.
- Upgrade smoke alarm placement in existing residential occupancies to comply with minimum specified standards. These standards vary according to when the building was constructed.
- Replacement of all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. This applies to both hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms.
If you have questions regarding the new Maryland Smoke Alarm Law, please contact Sharon New at 410-222-8303.