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2015 Florida Statute Change – Smoke Detectors

Nancy Jackson - Sunday, April 19, 2015

There was another Florida Statute change this year regarding smoke detectors. The statute states that if any major repair or painting is performed, the smoke detectors must be replaced with a new device that has a 10-year battery life. Most likely, this law was implemented because some people are do not change the 9-volt battery in the smoke detector when it goes out. Instead of replacing with a new 9-volt battery, the occupant either removes the battery entirely or lets the smoke detector chirp continually. Obviously, neither of those inactions are satisfactory and would be devastating if a fire was to occur.

F.S. 553.883 Smoke alarms in one-family and two-family dwellings and townhomes.—One-family and two-family dwellings and townhomes undergoing a repair, or a level 1 alteration as defined in the Florida Building Code, may use smoke alarms powered by 10-year nonremovable, nonreplaceable batteries in lieu of retrofitting such dwelling with smoke alarms powered by the dwelling’s electrical system. Effective January 1, 2015, a battery-powered smoke alarm that is newly installed or replaces an existing battery-powered smoke alarm must be powered by a nonremovable, nonreplaceable battery that powers the alarm for at least 10 years. The battery requirements of this section do not apply to a fire alarm, smoke detector, smoke alarm, or ancillary component that is electronically connected as a part of a centrally monitored or supervised alarm system.

History.—s. 25, ch. 2014-154.

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