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New Smoke Alarm Rules for All Florida Landlords

In an effort to reduce residential fire fatalities, new smoke alarm regulations will go into effect Jan. 1 2015 for Florida families whose homes have battery-powered smoke alarms. As outlined in the Florida Building Code, starting in 2015 homeowners and landlords must install 10-year, sealed-battery smoke alarms when replacing outdated or non-working alarms or installing new ones.

While we don't endorse any particular brand or supplier, a quick check of the big-box stores Home Depot and Lowes offer these new smoke alarms for around $20.00.

Remember, the new rule does not appear to require immediate replacement of existing smoke alarms, only those powered by replaceable batteries and then only when replacement is necessary.