January 1, 2018, in addition to marking the beginning of a New Year, also brings changes to the Maryland Smoke Detector Regulations - especially important to all who are looking to sell property.
The two main aspect of the new law/regulation reference the smoke alarm location and refer to battery-only devices and not the hardwired units. (All hardwired units with a 9V battery back-up are considered acceptable.)
1. All battery-powered detectors, should be placed on every level of the home, every bedroom and outside of every sleeping area.
2. All units must be sealed (temper resistant), ten-year battery operated devices. Any detector older than ten years, needs to be replaced; (the manufactured date can be found on the actual smoke detector unit).
Verifying the smoke detector compliance with this new law, will be performed during home inspection, requiring all sellers to replace each unit not fitting the current requirements. (Also, the smoke alarm type/age needs to be detailed in the Property Disclosure/Disclaimer form...completed by the seller.)