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New Maryland Fire Alarm Laws

Posted on: May 29, 2013

On July 1, 2013, new laws will go into effect in Maryland that require all Maryland apartments to have 10-year smoke alarms installed. To clarify, this means that battery-operated smoke alarms need to have batteries designed to last 10 years. State fire officials hope the new laws and new technology will help save lives.

One of the biggest reasons for loss of life in apartment fires is the lack of an early warning system. If you are the manager of an apartment complex, one way to enhance life safety is to have fire alarms and smoke detectors with long-life lithium batteries installed.

National statistics reveal that 94 percent of residential communities in America have smoke detectors. While this statistic seems impressive, out of that 94 percent, nearly a full third of these smoke detectors (30 percent) either do not work or are not properly maintained and have malfunctioned. To maximize life safety in your apartment complex, have a professional fire protection services provider come out to inspect your smoke detectors monthly.

The best smoke detectors for apartment complexes are hard-wired smoke detectors with a long lasting battery backup. Smoke detectors should be installed in all apartment units as well as all the hallways of the building. Don’t forget to have smoke detectors installed in the basement as well, if applicable. It is highly recommended that you have interconnected smoke detectors, as the interconnected smoke detectors detect smoke and fire.

It is important for residents to be educated on how important it is to not remove or disconnect smoke detector batteries, even in the event of a false alarm.

Smoke detectors with battery backup are very important for renters, especially because a fire can cause the power to go out at any moment. To accommodate residents with hearing impairments, smoke detectors in apartment complexes should feature strobe lights that flash and vibrate.

You may want to consider these specific smoke detectors for apartment complexes:

  • Combination smoke detectors are beneficial for residential environments that need ionization smoke detectors and photoelectric smoke detectors interconnected.
  • Dual Photoelectric smoke detectors are great for detecting smoldering fires in apartments.
  • Ionization smoke detectors work best for detecting flaming fires.

With effective early warning signals from smoke detectors, you can ensure renters a safe apartment complex. Be sure that all residents are familiar with the apartment complex fire escape plan as well.

Smoke detectors can be connected to fire control panels and other fire alarm systems for the best fire safety/ life safety.

If you need fire alarm installation or maintenance for your apartment complex in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, call Guardian Fire Protection today.

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