Tracy Fire Department Advises Public on New Smoke Alarm Requirements
As part of California Senate Bills, 1394 and 745
Posted: Jul 7, 2014
Location: Tracy, Calif.
The City of Tracy is informing the community of the impacts of two recent California laws that will change the operating requirements of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Over the last two years, Senate Bills 1394 and 745 were passed to make smoke and carbon monoxide alarms more efficient and better at saving lives. Some of the key smoke alarm changes include:
· Owners of rented or leased single-family dwellings are responsible for testing and maintaining alarms, this as of January 1, 2014;
· As of July 1, 2014 a homeowner who replaces an existing solely battery operated smoke alarm must replace it with a new alarm that contains a non-replaceable, non-removable battery that will power the alarm for 10 years;
· After January 1, 2015, all new smoke alarms will be required to list the date of manufacture on the device, contain a hush alarm which quiets the alarm if the smoke were to dissipate, and have a location on the device to include the date of installation.
Tracy Fire Department Division Chief Steve Hanlon stated, “Smoke alarms save lives, period. Everyone should have two smoke alarms in their home. The new laws help to ensure that renters have operable smoke alarms and to help people understand that a smoke alarm has a life span of only 10 years.”
Existing code requires that newly built homes have a smoke alarm in each sleeping area, one in the hallway, and one on each floor of the home. In addition, smoke alarms are required to be hardwired to the homes electricity, as well as a battery backup, and be interconnected so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound. In 2016, these code requirements will apply to any residence that is rented. Hotels and motels in California will be required to have carbon monoxide alarms by 2016.
To ensure the safety of your family and home, the Tracy Fire Department recommends that you:
· Check your smoke alarms monthly using the test button.
· Replace batteries on existing units once a year during Daylight Savings Time in November.
· Replace all smoke alarms after 10-years.
· Develop and practice a home escape plan that shows two ways out of each room and a meeting place.
For help with smoke or carbon monoxide alarms, please contact the Tracy Fire Department at (209) 831-6700. For more information, visit the City of Tracy website at www.thinkinsidethetriangle.com.