The New York State Division of Consumer Protection announced that starting April 1, all new and replacement smoke detectors for sale must either be powered by a sealed, non-removable battery (with a battery life of at least 10 years) or be hard-wired to the building.
“Smoke alarms save lives by providing warnings to allow us to get out of the house before we are trapped by fire or smoke,“ said New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado.
“The new smoke detectors do not require periodic battery replacements, and therefore reduce the possibility of human error. This is an important law that will undoubtedly save lives.“
Retailers can still sell inventory in stock, but new purchase orders must reflect the new changes. For safety, alarms should still be checked and tested at least twice a year.
While these 10-year smoke detectors have a larger upfront cost than traditional alarms powered by replaceable batteries, the lack of yearly battery changes makes them cheaper over the life of the device.
For more information, visit the Division of Consumer Protection’s safety tips here.