New Fire Alarm Law Goes Into Effect

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ALBANY – A new law involving smoke detectors went into effect Monday.

All new or replacement smoke detectors in New York State are required to be powered by a sealed, non-removable battery with a minimum battery life of ten years, or hardwired to the building.

This does not mean you will be required to remove or replace any existing smoke detectors. However, officials suggest to replace the batteries in any old smoke alarms twice a year.

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