Maryland Smoke Detector Law Takes Effect
A new Maryland law went into effect in July that requires apartment managers, homeowners, and builders to have 10-year, sealed smoke alarms installed by the year 2018. Some counties, most notably Prince George's close to D.C., are asking apartment communities and homebuilders to be in compliance now. The smoke alarms are sealed, have lithium-powered alarms, and feature a hush function that will quiet the alarm without removing the battery.
Retailers statewide will be permitted to sell standard smoke alarms until 2018, but consumers can expect to see a transition at stores as they begin stocking shelves with the 10-year alarms. According to the United States Fire Administration, roughly three-quarters of fatal fires occur in residences without a smoke alarm or working smoke detector.
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