For many homeowners, fire danger is a legitimate concern, especially with the current drought. According to California Fire News, “38 percent of deaths involving fires occurred in a dwelling without a working smoke detector.” Back in January 2014, the State Fire Marshal made new regulations regarding the requirements for all smoke alarms in California.
By July 1, 2015, all newly installed smoke alarms must:
- Display date on which it was manufactured
- Contain a place to write in the date it was installed
- Have a built-in hush feature
- Have a non-removable battery (or battery back up to wired detectors) that can power the alarm for at least 10 years
Existing installed alarms that are in working condition are NOT required to be replaced until they become defective or reach their expiration date.