New Smoke Detector Law Coming to Hudson Valley
The new law goes into effect this year.
According to WTEN, big changes are coming to smoke detector laws starting on April 1, 2019.
On that date stores will be required by law to sell smoke detectors that have either a good for 10 year, sealed, non-removable battery or the smoke detector needs to be a hardwired detector.
Yes the new smoke detectors will cost more then the older models upfront but, according to the Clifton Park Fire Department, "these 10-year smoke detectors have a larger upfront cost than traditional alarms powered by replaceable batteries, but the lack of yearly battery changes makes them cheaper over the life of the device."
The smoke detectors will cost about $20 in most stores.
If your interested, most Red Cross locations are giving them out for free and when volunteers go to install the detectors that they find the one's being replaced are often old or have missing batteries.
Volunteer Kimmy Venter told WTEN that, “The benefit of these sealed units is that you can’t do that. You can’t accidentally take the battery out and forget to replace it.”
No matter what detector you have, all safety alarms should still be tested at least once each year using the button on the front of the unit to ensure they are working properly.