Smoke Detector Code

Smoke Detectors Specifications Changed

smoke detectorStarting July 1, 2014, the California State Fire Marshall will not approve a battery-operated smoke alarm unless it contains a non-replaceable, non-removable battery capable of powering the smoke alarm for at least 10 years.

This rule was originally slated to take effect on January 1, 2014. Until July 1, 2015, an exception to this rule applies to smoke alarms ordered by, or in the inventory of, an owner, managing agent, contractor, wholesaler, or retailer on or before July 1, 2014.

Furthermore, starting January 1, 2015, the State Fire Marshal will not approve a smoke alarm unless it does all of the following: (1) displays the date of manufacture on the device; (2) provides a place on the device to insert the date of installation; and (3) incorporate a hush feature.

A previous requirement for the smoke alarm to incorporate an end-of-life feature that provides notice that the device needs to be replaced has been eliminated. The requirements taking effect on January 1, 2015 was originally slated to take effect on January 1, 2014.

You can find the specifics of this new law at the California Legislative Information Website, Senate Bill 745 (codified as Cal. Health & Safety Code ยง 13114) (effective January 1, 2014)

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Section 13114, paragraph 2B, explains that although the law became effective July 1st of this year, the deadline for residential property owners to actually change out their smoke/CO detectors to the new 10 year detectors will be July 1st of 2015. Consequently, any sales before July 1st of next year are not affected!


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