New Smoke Alarm Purchases Will Require 10-Year Sealed Battery Per New Law

New Smoke Alarm Purchases Will Require 10-Year Sealed Battery Per New Law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRXX) – A new Illinois law goes into effect Jan. 1 and will require your next smoke alarm purchase to be one that features a 10-year sealed battery.

This pertains to any new installation after the New Year. If your current smoke alarm has not malfunctioned or exceeded its 10-year life, there is no need to replace it just yet.

Fire officials say the new law will improve safety as some people take the batteries out of their smoke detector but forget to replace them.

The new detectors eliminate the need for monthly testing, upon malfunction or expiration date is when the detector would need to be replaced. This erases the current duty of having to replace batteries.

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