When were smoke alarms first required to be interconnected?

Friday, June 28, 2019

The 1988 edition of the Uniform Building Code (UBC) was the first to require that hard-wired smoke alarms be interconnected, and the Southern Standard Building Code requirement began at the about the same time. The International Residential Code (IRC) and the Florida Building Code (FBC) have required interconnection since their first editions, in 2000 and 2002 respectively. 

    Here’s links to several of our other blog posts about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms:

 What is the best place to install carbon monoxide alarms (CO detectors) in a house? 

 Can the smoke sensors in a home security/fire alarm system replace the smoke alarms required by the building code?

 Does pushing the test button on a smoke alarm test the smoke sensor device inside? 

 Should a smoke alarm be installed in the kitchen? 

 Where are smoke alarms required to be located? 

 Are carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in homes in Florida?

 When should I replace my smoke alarms?

Does the Nest Protect system meet current building code standards for a combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm system? 

What does the new Florida smoke alarm law require? 

 Is there a Florida law that all older homes must have smoke alarms, regardless of when they were built? 

    Visit our SAFETY page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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