Smoke Alarm

How The Smoke Detector Regulations Will Affect Your Home

The Smoke Detector Regulations have been in place since the early 1980s. These regulations are designed to protect you and your family from fire. The regulations state that all smoke detectors must be hard-wired or battery-powered, they must be installed on every level of the home, and they must be interconnected. If you have a multi-level home, each level needs its own smoke detector. Additionally, if there is a common area between two levels, like a hallway or stairwell, it must also have its own smoke detector. 

The new requirements include the following:

  • All homes must have a working smoke alarm on every level of the home, including attics and basements. This includes single-family homes, townhomes and condos.
  • Smoke alarms must be installed within 10 ft of bedrooms and hallways leading to bedrooms. Carbon Monoxide alarms should also be installed in these areas.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on each level of the home, including basements and upper levels of multi-story buildings.
  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly by pressing the test button on the unit (it will sound an alarm). A carbon monoxide alarm should also be tested monthly by pressing the test button on the unit (it will sound an alarm).
  • There are also new requirements for how these devices must be tested and maintained; specifically, they must be tested once a week and replaced after 10 years (or sooner if they fail). Failure to comply with these new regulations could result in an unlimited fine.

When it comes to installing smoke detectors, there are several things to consider:

Know Your Smoke Alarm Standards

The most important thing you can do is make sure you have a smoke alarm in every bedroom and on every level of your home — and make sure it’s working properly. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has established guidelines for smoke alarms based on the size of your home and its location. If you are unsure if an NFPA standard applies to your home, contact your local fire department or building inspector.

Install an Interconnectable Smoke Alarm

An inter connectable smoke alarm is designed to connect with other interconnected smoke alarms in order to increase their reach and effectiveness as part of a larger network. This type of system allows one alarm to trigger all others so that they all sound at once, rather than just one at a time — which could cause confusion when someone tries to locate the source of the problem. It also means that there’s less chance that the smoke from one room will be able to spread undetected into another before someone notices it’s there.

Install a Smoke Alarm in Every Room

The new regulations require smoke alarms in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area in the basement, garage or any other place that a person sleeps. If you have an attached garage, you should also install a smoke alarm on the ceiling of the garage. Smoke alarms should be placed at least 5 feet above the floor and 4 feet from any wall or obstruction. If you have a multi-story home, there must be smoke alarms on every level of the home.

Replace Your Old Smoke Alarms Regularly

Under the new regulations, you are required to replace your smoke alarms every 10 years. This means that you need to have a new alarm installed if yours is older than this. The good news is that it’s easy to install a smoke alarm, and they’re available at most hardware stores. If you need help installing one, check with your local fire department or call an electrician.


The smoke detector regulations will affect your home in a positive manner. Smoke detectors are an important part of your safety, and you want to make sure that you have them installed in your home. The new regulations will help ensure that all homes are properly equipped with smoke detectors. If there is a fire, this will help reduce the amount of property damage and injuries that occur due to fires. Smoke detectors can alert people of a fire as soon as it starts so that they can get out of the house safely.