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New Massachusetts smoke detector regulations in effect

Posted On Tue, April 6, 2010

Massachesetts residents who are looking to buy or sell a home should take heed of an emergency amendment approved by the state's board of fire prevention regulations.

Homes being sold will require an update of the smoke detectors and Monday was the first day that the revised state regulations were required. Photoelectric smoke detectors must be placed within 20 feet of a kitchen or bathroom with a shower. Areas in the home that are further than 20 feet away will need dual detection from either a single smoke detector or two separate ones.

According to the Boston Globe, photoelectric smoke detectors use light to detect smoke and are the best when it comes to detecting smoldering fires, the ones that are the most deadly. Massachusetts fire marshal Stephen D. Coan told the Globe that "those smoldering-type fires are the more deadly fires that people die from in the middle of the night when a cigarette smolders in a mattress or couch."

The revised smoke detector regulations will also apply to homes built before 1975 that are in the course of being sold and to homes with up to five units that use battery-operated smoke detectors.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19706598-ADNFCR

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