New York Passes Bill Requiring 10-Year Smoke Alarms

July 6, 2015

New York lawmakers have passed a bill that would require new smoke detectors contain 10-year non-removable batteries.

The bill, which would take effect in 2017, would make it illegal to sell smoke detectors with replaceable batteries or those incapable of powering the device for at least 10 years.

Sponsors say it should further reduce fire-related injuries and deaths, noting the state first required smoke alarms in homes starting in 1961 and that has cut fire deaths in half.

The measure would not apply to devices already ordered or in the inventory of homeowners, managing agents, contractors, wholesalers or retailers.

A spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the bill will be reviewed.

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