By Shoshana Stahl SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Starting April 1, 2019 a new law regarding smoke detectors in New York will be enforced. The update to the detectors features a ten-year long battery life and a sealed battery. This prevents people from being able to remove batteries and forget to replace them.
Deputy Chief Elton Davis says this was a driving force for passing the new law.
“We can remove that human element and we’ll have protection in these residences continuously,” he said.
Homeowners are not required to replace the smoke detectors they currently have, as long as they are working, but the old ones will no longer be sold in stores.
However, in order for properties to be rented or sold they must replace all the old smoke detectors with new ones. Davis estimates that the new smoke detectors will be sold in stores from around $10-$15. He says this is a higher up front cost than the older models but actually will save you money since the battery does not need to be replaced for a decade.
Davis says that smoke detectors are like an added form of insurance in the house, warning people when there is a fire so they have time to get out.
“That this is a vital part of the home that will add to the safety of you and everybody that lives in the home but we have to turn it into common sense,” he said.