New residential smoking alarm sales requirements are going into effect on Monday, April 1 in New York.

Beginning Monday, all new or replacement smoke detectors offered for sale in the state must be either powered by a sealed non-removable battery with a minimum battery life of 10 years or hard-wired to the building. 

Retailers will be able to sell any remaining residential-type removal battery-operated smoke detectors in their inventories that were ordered prior to April 1.

Officials say the new law does not require the removal and/or replacement of any existing smoke detector powered by a replaceable or removable battery that was installed in compliance with building codes.

For safety, officials remind homeowners to check smoke detectors for effectiveness twice a year by pressing the test button. 

For more information on keeping homes safe, please review the Division of Consumer Protection’sSafety Tips for Today’s Home.

For questions about the new law or to file a marketplace consumer complaint against a business or individual, please contact the Division of Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 697-1220 or visit our website at The Consumer Assistance Hotline is open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. You can also follow the Division of Consumer Protection on social media on Twitter:@NYSConsumer and Facebook: