Four years ago, the Maryland General Assembly amended and updated the existing thirty-eight year old Maryland Smoke Alarm Law to implement new technology. If you are a homeowner or residential landlord, you are required to comply with its regulations for upgrading smoke alarms by January 1, 2018. Consult with a licensed electrician regarding installation to ensure the safety of residents and that your alarms are in compliance with code.
The National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code sets forth their requirements for home smoke alarm installation. According to the organization, “NFPA 72 provides the latest safety provisions to meet society’s changing fire detection, signaling, and emergency communications demands.” The code has rules that “cover the application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems.” Below are the NFPA’s smoke alarm installation recommendations for homes: