It is important your home is equipped with properly working Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Doing so provides a level of safety to the members of your household from fire and equipment malfunctions.
Many states like Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island require a certificate of compliance prior to a home sale. The certificate of compliance is to make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are of the right type, placed correctly and are working.
Other states, like New Hampshire, currently have no compliance laws that require smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be installed.
Either way, statistics show that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors save lives. 75 percent of fire-related deaths could be prevented by having smoke detectors properly installed and/or working.
It is important to check on your state and city laws regarding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Most cities and towns default to the state’s guidelines, but some cities or towns may have more stringent requirements than the state.
Massachusetts requires a certificate of compliance prior to the closing of a home. Without the certificate of compliance, your closing is not going to happen. You will find many terms thrown around like smoke cert, smoke detector permit, smoke certificate, and certificate of compliance, but they are all the same thing.
Massachusetts Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Laws are ever-changing. If you sold a home a few years ago brush up on the new laws if you are selling another home, significant changes to the law could have been made.
1M.G.L. c 148 s. 26F – The Law Massachusetts General Law, chapter 148 section 26F mandates that upon the sale or transfer of certain homes, the seller must install approved smoke alarms. These requirements apply to residences that were built or modified prior to creation of the Massachusetts State Building Code (January 1, 1975). If a building was built or has undergone renovation, addition or modification after Jan. 1, 1975, the date the building permit was issued determines the smoke alarms requirements of the building code.
Massachusetts General Law, chapter 148 section 26F½ and 527 CMR 1.00:13.7.6 mandates that upon the sale or transfer of any residence, the local fire department must inspect the residence for carbon monoxide alarm compliance. After a successful inspection, the local fire department will issue a Certificate of Compliance indicating that the residence meets the carbon monoxide alarm requirements. Smoke alarm and CO alarm inspections can be conducted in the same visit.
An inspection needs to be scheduled with your local fire department prior to the sale of your home. The local fire department will test both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in compliance with current local and state smoke detector laws.
If your home’s smoke and carbons are in compliance, a certificate of compliance will be issued on the spot. Put that away and make sure you bring the original to your closing.
Most cities and towns charge between $25 and $75 dollars to do the inspection and issue the certificate of compliance.
Here are some basics to know about smoke detectors. But to ensure you are preparing properly download the smoke detector pamphlet from your state and town.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions to your fire safety officer. The newer the home the more complex it is. At the end of the day, if the task to prepare your home for your certificate of compliance is daunting, hire a licensed electrician.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that is created from fossil fuels burning. A gas or oil furnace, a wood stove or fireplace, a running car engine, etc…. are all examples of equipment that can produce CO.
When you use the equipment properly and it is functioning correctly it is will not produce dangerous levels of CO in a home. Carbon monoxide gas, like radon gas in a home, is it is undetectable to the human senses.
If the equipment is malfunctioning or being used improperly it could produce dangerously high levels of Carbon Monoxide. CO poisoning can cause death very quickly.
A few simple low-cost detectors in a home can prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
Any home built after 1975 must have hardwired, interconnected smoke detectors in Massachusetts. Also if significant remodeling has been done in an older home it may be required you upgrade the smoke detection system to be hardwired.
By Massachusetts Law, at a minimum, you need one smoke detector for every1200 square feet of living area and outside each bedroom area. Ideally, you should have one in each bedroom as well. Consult the Guide to Massachusetts Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detectors to discover the minimum requirements for the age of your home.
Your smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month. The alarms have a test button to make testing easy.
Generally speaking, it is the seller’s responsibility to ensure that all smoke and co are properly installed. It is the seller’s responsibility to obtain the certificate of compliance as well.
In some circumstances, by agreement, the buyer will handle the certificate of compliance.
You can download the Guide to Massachusetts Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Requirements here.
You can purchase smoke detectors at any hardware store, big box home improvement store like Home Depot or an electrical supply house.
Regardless of whether your state requires a smoke detector certificate of compliance to ensure proper installation and working of a home’s smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, it is a good idea to have your home properly equipped.
Guarantee your family’s safety with a few simple detectors in your home.
If your state requires a certificate of compliance read the rules prior to an inspection to make sure you get in right the first time.
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