A new law takes effect July 1 requiring all home sellers completing the Residential Seller Disclosure and Disclaimer Form to answer some additional questions regarding the smoke alarms. Questions include the age of the smoke alarms and whether the smoke alarms include sealed, long-life batteries. All battery operated smoke alarms must be sealed, with long-life batteries by 2018.
The new law also applies to single family rentals (two units or less). Alarms must be upgraded if the following conditions exist:
1. Existing alarms are older than 10 years
2. Existing alarms fail to operate properly
3. A change of tenancy occurs, and battery operated units have not already been upgraded to sealed, long-life batteries.
According to the CDC, deaths from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury.
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