Spring Forward, Check Your Detectors

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with FITZGERALD Real Estate 9500521

Changing the clocks in the spring and fall has created a tradition to prompt us to test our smoke detectors and change the batteries. Since the onset of this tradition, a lot has changed with smoke detectors, their technology, their placement requirements, and the addition of carbon monoxide detectors. These updates are designed to keep us safe and to minimize loss of life and damage to our homes.

The most recent change to the fire code in Massachusetts was regarding homes that sold after December 1, 2016, requiring homes built before January 1, 1975, be equipped with smoke detectors containing a 10-year battery in a sealed detector with photoelectric technology. This was a much-needed update for older homes. Previously the use of ionization detectors with removable batteries proved problematic.

Ionization detectors increase the risk of false alarms because they do not differentiate between smoke and steam. As a result, the detectors often create a nuisance, especially near kitchens and bathrooms. When they go off, some people remove the battery to make it stop and, unfortunately, in many cases, do not put the battery back in.

Photoelectric technology uses a light beam to detect the smoke. It is particularly effective with detecting smoldering fires. Requiring the detector to be sealed with a battery that lasts 10-years also takes care of the ability to remove the battery.

If you still have ionization detectors, it is advisable to replace them with 10-year sealed photoelectric detectors.

For more info, go to our website: FITZGERALD-RealEstate.com, Community Info, Smoke & Carbon monoxide detector requirements.

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FITZGERALD Real Estate  

Corinne A Fitzgerald
AHWD, CBR, CHMS, CIPS, CRS, GRI, PMN
FITZGERALD Real Estate
116 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
413-320-9509  cell/text
413-376-4433 direct office line

 Corinne@Realtor.com
 2015 President - Massachusetts Association REALTORS®
         2012 President – REALTOR® Association of the Pioneer Valley

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Comments (3)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning and so true, people need to check to make sure it is working for their protection.  Make it a great day!

 

Mar 18, 2021 08:43 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Good reminder Corinne. A simple check of the batteries in your smoke detectors has the potential to save so many lives in the event of a fire. It hurts my heart when I hear stories of lives lost due to nonfunctioning detectors.

Mar 18, 2021 02:22 PM
Corinne Fitzgerald
FITZGERALD Real Estate - Greenfield, MA
Realtor/Broker/Owner, FITZGERALD Real Estate

So true. The new technology should help to prevent so much loss.

Mar 20, 2021 04:44 AM