A new law effective last year requires 10-year smoke alarms in all single and duplex dwellings. The new requirement mandates that all smoke alarms in new dwellings and in existing dwellings that are for sale be equipped with lithium batteries designed to last ten or more years.The law applies to single family dwellings and to duplex dwellings.
Realtors must document the requirement and make sure the new alarms are present prior to sale, which is kind of a new twist on the ongoing list of things realtors are now responsible for doing prior to a sale.
According to Butch Browning, the State Fire Marshal:
“Some of the fires we did investigate in the last 3 years had the old smoke detectors but the batteries were dead and hadn’t been replaced.”