Illinois Revises Smoke Detector Act
Amended Law Now Requires Homes to Update Their Smoke Detectors
Most residents in Illinois are likely unaware of a new law that will take effect January 1, 2023. In August 2017, Illinois quietly amended the Smoke Detector Act, first passed in 1988. The new law requires homes to have smoke detectors with non-removable batteries that last at least ten years after being manufactured.
New sealed-battery smoke detectors are now in the marketplace. The price ranges from $15 to $30, and the smoke detectors will last approximately 10 years. Additionally, this removes the homeowners need to replace their batteries twice a year, increasing the probability residents will have working smoke detectors in their homes.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 77% of fire deaths occur in the home. Surprisingly, most fatal residential fires occur in homes with a smoke detector. Unfortunately, too often the smoke detector has expired or faulty batteries.
Some exemptions to the law include, homes that have hardwired or Wi-Fi operated alarms, radio frequency powered smoke detectors, and residences within the city of Chicago.
“I would encourage all Illinois residents to check their smoke detectors and ensure they are compliant with the new law,” said Chad Huennekens. “Taking the time to protect your home and family now may help prevent a future tragedy.”
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