Moco Smoke Detector Notice

New Smoke Alarm Law in Maryland

December 30, 2017

The other day I received a flyer in the mail from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. It said I Should Probably Check My Smoke Alarm. The word “Probably” was crossed through with a red line. It really caught my attention.

On the back it had four basic points about the new Maryland Smoke Alarm Law.

1. Maryland’s new Smoke Alarm Law requires the replacement of all BATTERY-ONLY operated smoke alarms with units powered by sealed-in, 10-year long-life batteries by January 1, 2018. Visit for more info.

When you visit that page, you’ll find this video:

2. All smoke alarms have expiration dates. Both hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms need to be replaced every ten years. If your smoke alarm has not been replaced since 2007, it’s time!

3. Smoke alarms requirements vary based on when your home was built. It is NEVER acceptable to remove required hard-wired smoke alarms and replace them with any type of battery operated device. Code requirements can be found on their website.

4. Have Questions? Need a Hand? Call 311 or visit

Curious about how to dispose of your old smoke alarms in Montgomery County? Click Here.

At Hollish Hill Group, we are always concerned about your safety. If you need help finding or installing the new smoke detectors, give us a call. And if you or anyone you know is thinking about buying or selling a home or is thinking about investing in real estate, Give Me a Call to Get Started.

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