Is Your Home Affected by California’s New Smoke Alarm Law?

Do you…

  • Live in a home that uses battery-powered smoke alarms?
  • Ever forget to replace the batteries in your smoke alarm?  
  • Know the last time you replaced your smoke alarm?  Was it more than 10 years ago?
  • Do you plan to renovate your home or move to a new residence? 

If you answered “Yes” to these questions, check your smoke alarms today. 

Following a one year grace period, as of July 1, 2015, any battery-powered smoke alarm or combination (smoke and carbon monoxide) alarm approved for sale by the Office of the California State Fire Marshal must be powered by a sealed, 10-year battery. These long-life alarms will provide continuous power for a decade, meaning you never have to remember to replace batteries.

The law also specifies that all new listings of smoke or combination alarms are required to display the date of manufacture, provide a place on the unit to mark date of installation and incorporate a hush feature as of January 1, 2015.

The law, SB-745, also requires that by Jan. 1, 2016, owners of rented or leased residential dwellings must ensure smoke alarms are located in every bedroom, in the hallways leading to bedrooms, and on each level of  your home in order to comply with current building standards.

Why Act Today?
Dead or missing batteries are the main reason smoke alarms don’t respond in a fire, and most fatal fires happen in homes where the alarm either didn’t operate or wasn’t present. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends installing smoke alarms on each floor and in sleeping areas, yet three out of four U.S. homeowners don’t know where to place them. On average, you have less than three minutes from the sound of the first smoke alarm to escape. The sooner you hear an alarm, the more time you have to respond. 

Additionally, the NFPA recommends replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years. Aging smoke alarms may not operate efficiently and often are the source for nuisance alarms. Surveys reveal that 20% of alarms in older homes have never been replaced.  Have yours?

Upgrade Today with Kidde Worry-Free Alarms
Kidde’s Worry-Free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms comply with this law.  Equipped with a 10-year sealed-in lithium battery and location-specific features, each smoke alarm is designed to make it simple to pick the right alarm for the right location. Install Worry-Free alarms and you won’t hear those annoying low battery chirps or deal with the hassle of replacing batteries for a decade. For more information, visit


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The only safe way to detect carbon monoxide in your home is with working CO alarms. Easy to install and inexpensive, CO alarms are available at your local home improvement store.

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