Printable Version - New Law Requires Battery-Powered Smoke Detectors To Be Replaced

February 22, 2019
A new state law that went into effect on Jan. 1 requires battery-powered smoke detectors to have 10-year sealed battery units. This change will affect many properties that do not have hard-wired smoke detectors.
The new equipment is powered by long-life batteries that never need to be replaced – homeowners can rest assured that their alarms are always on. After 10 years, the entire units must be replaced.
Starting immediately, properties without hard-wired detectors must have the new 10-year sealed battery smoke detectors to pass inspection for transfers of title and rental units. The new equipment is readily available at local hardware and home improvement stores. 
Text of New Code
Frequently Asked Questions
Press Release From N.J. Department of Community Affairs
Ocean City's Existing Ordinance Related to Smoke Detectors
13-8.1   Required.
13-8.2   Inspections.
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