New Statewide Smoke Alarm Law Takes Effect

New York's new statewide smoke alarm law takes effect Monday.

Under the law, all battery-operated smoke alarms sold within the state must include a sealed, non-replaceable battery that’s meant to last for the entire 10-year lifespan of the alarm.

The requirement applies to any battery-operated device that detects smoke, including combination alarms that detect both smoke and carbon monoxide.

Homeowners and landlords must upgrade their smoke alarms before selling or renting homes and apartments.

The law does NOT apply to newer construction homes with hardwired alarms.

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