Turners Falls Fire Department

Turners Falls, MA 01376

Smoke Alarm Requirement Changes, as of 12/1/2016

Selling a one or two family home built before 1/1/1975? Smoke alarm requirements have changed.

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) adopted revised smoke alarm regulations that go into effect December 1, 2016. The changes apply only to one and two-family residences built before January 1, 1975 that have not been substantially altered. If built or altered after that date, the smoke alarm requirements are established by the State Building Code.

Working smoke alarms installed prior to December 1, 2016 (that met requirements) can continue to be used until they are 10 years old or have exceeded the manufacturer’s recommended life.

For further information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/dfs/osfm/pubed/flyers/2016cosmokealarmreq-final.pdf, or call the Turners Falls Fire Station at 413-863-9023.