Maryland’s new law requiring that smoke detectors have ten-year-life batteries goes into effect July 1, 2013. Working batteries are paramount in ensuring smoke detectors can alert occupants to a fire.
Another important way to ensure smoke detection may be less obvious: knowing the difference in smoke detector technology–namely, the difference between ionization versus photoelectric detectors–so that you provide the best product for your customer. Also, add to the list, knowing how often the smoke detector itself–not just the batteries–should be replaced. This simple, but important, knowledge can not only protect your customers in case of a fire, but can also protect you from a lawsuit. Continue reading