Is it illegal to disconnect a smoke alarm?

Friday, April 3, 2020

We know of no ordinance that prohibits a homeowner from removing or disconnecting their own smoke alarm; but a few jurisdictions make it illegal, under penalty of a fine, for a tenant to “remove the batteries or tamper with a smoke alarm in any way.” Also, many landlords stipulate in their rental agreement that disarming or removing a smoke alarm violates the terms of the lease, and many have built-in, somewhat exhorbitant fees for replacement of batteries or whole alarms.

    Also, see our blog posts Where are smoke alarms required to be located? and  Does pushing the test button on a smoke alarm test the smoke sensor device inside? and When should I replace my smoke alarms? and Where should smoke alarms NOT be installed? and Are carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in homes in Florida?

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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about SAFETY: 

Why is it important to use "cabinet screws" to mount the upper cabinets in the kitchen?

Is the door between an attached garage and the house required to have a closer (self-closing device)?

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

Should I get a lightning rod system to protect my house? 

What are the "Aging In Place" features to look for when buying a retirement home?

How do I safely remove a dead rodent (rat, mouse or squirrel) from the attic?

What is the minimum height of a ceiling fan above the floor?

Should a smoke alarm be installed in the kitchen? 

Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard? 

Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk?

What can I do to avoid kitchen accidents and injuries?

Are old vinyl tile floors dangerous?  

How can I use safety checks to limit my tenant liability for a rental house?

Do you inspect for trip hazards around the home? 

• Why is an anti-tip device now required behind the range? 

What are the hazards to avoid when going into an attic? 

• What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?
    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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