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.