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Massachusetts Smoke Alarm Regulations
Updated On: Oct 04, 2014
Smoke Alarm Regulations
The Division of Fire Safety, formerly the Office of the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, is a division of the Department of Fire Services, which is a state agency within the Executive Office of Public Safety. All units work cooperatively to preserve life and property.
The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations has approved an emergency amendment to 527 CMR32 Approved Smoke Detectors . This regulation applies to buildings undergoing sale or transfer containing up to five residential units. The regulation which was scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2010, has been moved to April 5, 2010. At that time the regulation will still require photoelectric smoke detectors within 20 feet of a kitchen or bath containing a shower. Areas located beyond 20 feet will be required to contain dual detection by either single unit or two separate units. In addition to the date change the regulation has been clarified to indicate it applies to residential units constructed prior to January 1975 that have not undergone major alteration covered by the State Building Code. It also contains a provision for low voltage household warning systems that may have been installed in these homes.
The Department of Fire Services has published a bookletto help the fire service, public and realtors understand the smoke alarm requirements when selling one- or two-family homes. Contact your local fire department for more information.