New Maryland Smoke Alarm Law


The new Maryland Smoke Alarm law went into effect on January 1, 2018. This new state law is aimed at reducing home fire deaths.
From the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal: Why is a sealed-in battery important? Nationally, two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working smoke alarm, mainly due to missing or disconnected batteries. By sealing the battery inside the alarm, the unit becomes tamper-resistant and removes the burden from consumers to remember to change batteries, which in turn, will save lives. These sealed-in, long-life battery smoke alarms provide continuous protection for a decade, and national fire experts with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) recommend their use.

Smoke alarms should be located on every level of the home and outside the sleeping areas. And remember- keep bedroom doors closed when sleeping to help stop the spread of smoke and fire, which allows for more time to escape during an emergency. Every second counts.

For more information, please visit Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.

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