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You May Need to Replace Your Smoke Detectors

You May Need to Replace Your Smoke Detectors

You may recall a new law enacted in Maryland in 2013, requiring  battery-operated smoke detectors to be run by lithium batteries with a 10-year life. Detectors that use replaceable 9-volt batteries will no longer be permitted. The law requires homes in Maryland to have the new smoke detectors installed by 2018. With nine months remaining, it’s a good time to remind clients and friends.


If your house is 10 or more years old and you’ve had smoke detectors installed for that time or longer, you may not have heard the “end of life” chirping reminding you to change the battery. The reason may be that the detector died and installing a new battery won’t revive it. The lifespan of older smoke detectors is 10 years or less, and they should be replaced.

Upgraded smoke alarms must comply with minimum specified standards. These standards vary according to when the building was constructed. The new law heavily emphasizes the use of sealed smoke alarms with long-life batteries and silence/hush buttons. However, it is critical to understand that these devices are appropriate only where battery-operated smoke alarms presently exist as permitted by Code or in locations where no smoke alarms are present. It is never acceptable to remove required hard-wired smoke alarms and replace them with any type of battery-only operated device. The law states that smoke detectors should from now on be replaced every 10 years or less. For a comprehensive explanation:  Montgomery County Government Resources page.

Thank you to Pat McLister, of Saisbury, McLister & Foley for this timely and useful information!

Commute Times Are Driving Millennial Home Buying Decisions

A New Resource from RPR Makes Finding A Home Easier Commute time to work, school, shopping, and retail has become an important determining factor for Millennials in the midst of a homebuying search. In fact, nearly three fourths of people born in the 1980s and 1990s rate convenience and access as critical factors in their… Continue Reading

Real Estate in 2016

Real Estate in 2016

Free Blog Post: Real Estate in 2016 Please feel free to use any of the following blog post, change details, personalize or add local information, Compliments of The CE Shop Happy New Year 2016! We’re just a few days into the new year, it’s about time to start collecting 2016 real estate predictions and see where we… Continue Reading

Energy Assistance is available through the Office of Home Energy Programs

FCAA Office of Home Energy Programs Now Accepting Applications for Energy Assistance   The Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) is pleased to announce that the Office of Home Energy Programs is now accepting applications for energy assistance. If you need help paying your heating and electric bills, please contact the Office of Home Energy Programs… Continue Reading

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