New Smoke-Detector Law

Ban on sale of devices with replaceable batteries

A new state law went into effect on April 1 that bans the sale of smoke detectors that require replacement batteries. Instead, the only detectors that can be sold in the state are those with sealed, non-removable lithium batteries or that can be hardwired.

The law passed in 2015 but included a four-year grace period so that manufacturers could sell their inventory of battery-powered detectors. Homeowners and landlords do not have to immediately replace detectors that use replaceable batteries but must do so before selling or renting a home or apartment.

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