New Jersey Smoke Detector Regulations

Recently, New Jersey ( and the rest of the country) enacted new smoke detector regulations. You need to be aware of this if you’re either selling or renting a home. The low cost battery operated smoke detectors are no longer permitted. The new regulations state that all homes built before 1978 must use a new style of smoke detector. These units have a sealed battery which has a 10 year life. In the older style, a low battery triggers an alarm to let you know that the battery needs replacement. However, many people just remove the battery when it gets low. Additionally, sometimes people need the battery for another device,. And sometimes they don’t replace it rendering the smoke detector inoperative. As a matter of fact, the most common cause of non-functioning smoke alarms is a dead battery.

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