One or Two Family Home permitted ON or AFTER February 4, 2011 (Feb 4, 2011-Present)

Smoke alarms are required as follows:

  • Minimum of One smoke alarm on every habitable level of the residence.
  • In the basement.
  • One smoke alarm at the base of each stairway.
  • One smoke alarm outside of each separate sleeping area. (Within 10 feet)
  • One smoke alarm inside every sleeping area.
  • A minimum of one smoke alarm must be installed for every 1,200 square feet of living space per level.
  • Must be hardwired and interconnected with battery backup.
  • Must be photoelectric type detector.
  • Cannot be older than 10 years.

Carbon monoxide alarms are required as follows:

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.

  • On every level of the residence, including basements and habitable portions of attics
  • Within 10 feet of each bedroom.
  • Combination alarms (photoelectric smoke and carbon monoxide alarm) may be used but must have voice activation.
  • Must be hardwired and interconnected with battery backup.

Heat alarms are required as follows:

  • Must have a single heat alarm in any garage attached to or under the residence.
  • Must be hardwired and interconnected with or without battery backup to the existing smoke detection system.
  • Heat alarms are not required in garages of older homes unless renovation, addition or modification occurs after Jan. 1, 2008.

To Schedule a Smoke Detector Inspection:
Call Hanson Fire Headquarters the day you want the inspection done around 8am: (781)293-9571 to schedule a time that day. (We do not preschedule smoke detector inspections)
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