Fires are the most common of all disasters and working smoke alarms are essential to building safety.
Many local and state laws require smoke alarms be installed in commercial, residential, and multifamily properties. Check your state's statute and code language for the most updated information to ensure
you are compliant and avoid fines.
Be compliant by the effective date and avoid fines
Smoke spreads quickly in a fire. FEMA suggests installing smoke alarms on every floor, in every bedroom, and in the hallway outside of each sleeping area. It is a good idea to test smoke alarms monthly and
replace them every 10 years, or as the manufacturer recommends.
†Alarm requirements vary by state. Consult individual statute for specific details.
NOTICE: This information is a summary interpretation and was prepared as general reference material only. This summary is not authoritative as laws can be amended over time. For specific compliance requirements and updates, please
refer to the actual code language and the statute or consulting legal counsel.