Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Smoke Detector Rules Coming April 5th (updated)

We have a new set of 'rules' for smoke detectors in Massachusetts, to kick-in on April 5th. When a home transfers in Massachusetts there needs to be an inspection, generally done by the fire department, ensuring the proper operation of both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Smoke detectors come in 2 'flavors', a very sensitive ionization type and a photoelectric type. The 'problem' is that the ionization type is prone to false alarms due to excessive moisture and modest cooking fumes.

The new regulations provide that only the photoelectric variety may be used within 20 feet of any kitchen or bathroom which includes a bathtub or a shower. These regulations should minimize false alarms, making for safer homes. Since most homes aren't so large as to allow for a smoke detector more than 20 feet from a kitchen or a bathroom, this rule effectively prohibits the ionization detectors in Massachusetts.

Checkout these new rules ... Here.

1 comment:

Bill Gassett said...

Hi Bob,

Thanks for linking to my article about the change in the smoke detector law. Best of luck with your business in the coming year.