Governor O’Malley Signed Law Requiring Smoke Alarms to be Equipped With Long-Life Batteries

May 31, 2013

Martin O'MalleyGovernor Martin O’Malley has signed into law a measure requiring battery-operated smoke alarms in homes be equipped with batteries which last ten years. State fire officials hope the new technology and the new law, which takes effect July 1, will save lives.

Without a working smoke alarm house fires are often deadly. By 2018, Maryland law will require residential smoke alarms be lithium-powered, ten-year models featuring a “hush” option to discourage homeowners from simply removing the battery to silence the noise, which could potentially leave them unprotected. “By promoting public education on smoke alarms, fire sprinklers, exit routes, the community actually becomes the hero by saving themselves, thereby preventing the firefighter from putting themselves at risk,” says Hedrick of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said that working smoke alarms are important because they give people more time to escape from burning homes and avoid the effects of fire, such as smoke. For more information visit or
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