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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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