Smoke Detector regulations for existing homes

Below are the NFPA Smoke Detector regulations for existing homes.

  • Place a smoke detector, loud enough to hear through a closed door, outside each bedroom.
  • Install at least one smoke detector on each level of the home.
  • A smoke detector powered by the home’s electrical system must have battery-powered backup.
  • All smoke detectors on each floor must be interconnected.

Smoke Detector regulations for existing homes = Replacing and Maintaining Your Smoke Detector.

  • “Simple steps like maintaining smoke detectors and replacing older ones help diminish the possibility of fire deaths in the home,” says John R. Hall, Jr., NFPA’s assistant vice president for fire analysis and research.
  • The rules of thumb are to replace a smoke detector every 10 years and when you move into a new residence.
  • A smoke detector is a crucial fire-safety tool, but installing and replacing it is only half the battle. Proper maintenance is also necessary. Performing the following tasks makes it easy to keep your smoke detector in good working condition.
  • Perform a monthly check by pressing the test button on your smoke detector.
  • Replace batteries annually and when the smoke detector begins to emit the low-battery warning beep.
  • Clean your smoke detector weekly by a vacuuming any accumulated dust or dander, and wipe it down monthly with a damp rag.
  • Install long-lasting batteries into all smoke detectors.
  • Smoke detector maintenance is neither difficult nor time consuming, but it is imperative to ensure proper function and meet the NFPA Smoke Detector regulations for existing homes.


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