Fire Marshall Cracking Down on Smoke Detectors

Posted by Stacey May on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 8:02pm.

California Senate Bill 745 - Starting July 1st, 2014, the State Fire Marshall will not approve a battery-operated smoke alarm unless it contains a non-replaceable, non-removeable battery with a 10-year capacity.  This rule was originally scheduled to take effect on January 1st, 2014, but has now been postponed until July 1st, 2014.  This law, however, provides a one-year grace period until July 1st, 2015 for any smoke alarms that have been ordered by, or are in the inventory of, an owner, managing agent, contractor, wholesaler, or retailer on or before July 1st, 2014.
Furthermore, starting January 1st, 2015, the State Fire Marshall will not approve a smoke alarm unless it does all of the following:
  1. Display the date of manufacture on the device
  2. Provides a place to insert on the device the date of installation
  3. Incorporates a hush feature

A previous requirement that the smoke alarm has an end-of-life feature indicating that the device needs to be replaced, has been eliminated.

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