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’s.
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: and Facebook: