NISKAYUNA (WRGB) – A new law for the sale of smoke detectors goes into effect April 1, 2019 in New York State.
It’s a General Business Law that requires businesses to sell smoke detectors with a non-removable, ten-year battery.
The law is mostly aimed at businesses and their supply of smoke detectors. The law does not require every homeowner to change their devices by April 1st.
“Nobody has to go out and change their smoke detectors, there's no change in the building codes,” Niskayuna District One Fire Chief Dale Lingenfelter said. “If you have a working smoke detector now, and it's still less than 10 years old, that's perfectly fine.”
Many hardware stores have already prepared for this law. Marty’s True Value Hardware store in Schenectady said they started stocking the new alarms more than a year ago. The date for the law was then pushed back.
Michael Aragosa, vice president of the hardware store, says they sell the new smoke detectors daily. He says they’re pricier than normal, but it’s worth it.
“I think the lowest price on a worry-free alarm is $24.99. When they first came out, they were closer to $35-$40. $24 sounds like a lot of money, but consider you're not changing that battery every 6 months,” Aragosa said.
Chief Lingenfelter said the new device can help protect your home and family.
“It is not uncommon for us to go to fire alarms, or go to calls, and find smoke detectors that are hanging open without batteries in them or batteries that haven’t been changed out and are dead,” the chief said. “Often times these smoke detectors that aren’t properly maintained and don’t have these batteries changed lead to injuries and fatalities in fires, because the detector didn’t operate when it needed to.”
Currently in New York State newly-built homes are required to have wired smoke detectors. If the basement device is set off, it’ll trigger the other alarms in the house, so you’re more likely to hear if there’s an issue.
Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, one in the hallway outside the sleeping areas, and one on each floor.