One or Two Family home permitted BEFORE January 1, 1975 (Before Jan 1, 1975)

Smoke alarms are required as follows:

  • –  On every habitable level of the residence.
  • –  In the basement.
  • –  On the ceiling at the base of each stairway leading to a floor above including the basement (but not within stairways).
  • –  On the ceiling outside each separate sleeping area
  • –  Must be photoelectric. (Can be in combination with ionization or carbon monoxide.)
  • –  May be battery-powered, hardwired, or a combination of both.
  • –  Smoke alarms cannot be more than 10 years old or exceed the manufacturer’s recommended life, whichever comes first.
  • –  In two-family dwellings, smoke alarms are required in common areas shared by residents.

Carbon Monoxide Requirement
Since March 31, 2006, carbon monoxide alarms have been required in all residences that have either: fossil fuel burning equipment or an attached enclosed garage. This law applied to all such residences whether or not the residence is being sold or transferred.
– 1 Carbon Monoxide Detector required on every habitable level including the basement (Can be a combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector)
– Cannot be more then 10 years old