New Smoke Detector Law Kicks Off In Maryland - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

New Smoke Detector Law Kicks Off In Maryland

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MARYLAND - The state of Maryland is now requiring homeowners to have a certain type of smoke detectors, to address the recent increase in fire-related deaths. To date, 39 Maryland residents have died in home fires, 35 percent of which did not have working smoke alarms. 

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office and other fire officials have joined leading fire safety product manufacturer, Kidde Fire Safety, to urge any battery-operated smoke alarms more than 10 years old, to be replaced by a 10-year sealed-in battery, and for each floor and sleeping area to have alarms as well.

Ten-year sealed-in battery smoke alarms, are available at home improvement retailers and cost between $25 and $50.  With no need to replace batteries, consumers will save about $40 in battery costs over the life of one alarm.

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