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Correction to effective date of smoke detector law

Jan 03, 2017
Last week, NYSAR sent out an email indicating that all smoke detectors being installed or replaced on or after Jan. 1, 2017 need to be hardwired or have a sealed 10-year battery.  The bill was originally passed in June 2015 with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2017.  Subsequent to that in February 2016, the law was amended by the Legislature with a new effective date of April 1, 2019.  It should also be noted that the new law does not require all smoke detectors to be in compliance, just ones that are being installed or replaced on or after April 1, 2019.

Below, please find the original information with the new effective date.

Smoke detectors must be hardwired or have 10-year battery after April 1, 2019
Licensees should be aware that as of April 1, 2019, the new General Business Law Section 399-ccc requires all new or replacement smoke detectors in New York State to be powered by a 10-year, sealed, non-removable battery or hardwired to the home. According to 399-ccc: “It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to distribute, sell, offer for sale, or import any solely battery operated smoke detecting alarm device powered by a replaceable, removable battery not capable of powering such device for a minimum of ten years.” Licensees should not distribute smoke detectors with removable batteries to clients or customers after April 1, 2019. 

Click here to view the law. 
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