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Fire News Services: New Maryland Law Dictates Need for Smoke Alarms

05/16/2013
Your relationship with your smoke alarm is changing and there's important information everyone needs to know. Maryland is the most recent state to require that battery-only operated smoke alarms be equipped with sealed-in, 10-year lithium batteries. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2013. Maryland's new law is part of a nation-wide trend to ensure new and replacement smoke alarms have this new technology. It is anticipated that smoke alarms with long-life batteries will have a significant impact on reducing the number of residential fire fatalities, which stands at approximately 2,600 people annually. Currently, two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in residences with no smoke alar...

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