Infographic: Maryland 2018 Smoke Alarm Law


Maryland homeowners and landlords are rushing to make sure that they meet the requirements of the new Smoke Alarm Law.

The Maryland Smoke Alarm Law — passed in 2013 — requires homes with battery-powered smoke detectors and those with no detectors to have newer tamper-resistant alarms by Jan. 1, 2018.

The Maryland Office of the Fire Marshal estimates that 800,000 homes are affected by this new law.

The provision was part of a larger update to state fire safety law, and aims to prevent deaths that result from older fire alarms with dead or missing batteries. The tamper-resistant models have a sealed, 10-year battery that a homeowner or renter cannot remove.

Maryland 2018 Smoke Alarm Law Upgrades

Officials say all alarms more than 10 years old should be replaced. Consumers can find the manufacture date usually on the back of the alarm.

Landlords renewing their rental license will discover updated inspection requirements. These will include working and updated smoke detectors in compliance with the new law.

The type of alarm will depend upon the age of the property. In addition the law simplified and clarified what the requirements were for dwellings.

Maryland 2018 Smoke Alarm Infographic ~ Wissel Homes

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