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Saturday, September 5th, 2020 12:29 PM

Smoke detection doesn't comply with local fire code

We purchased an entire system, including carbon monoxide and smoke detection.  The Massachusetts Fire Code does not permit other use of the smoke detection system because the units are not hard wired.  Has anyone encountered this issue and can it be changed?

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4 years ago

They don't permit the use of non-hard wired units?  Or they require hard wired units to be present?  If the latter, install a hard wired unit, and code is happy, then install the SS unit as well.   Best of both worlds.

If they out and out prohibit non-hard wired units, then that's another story.  I don't think  they can do that as long as you also have what is required by code.  But if you have the electrical skills, it would be possible to convert the SS unit to  being hard wired.  It's even possible it could be done without voiding the warranty..

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4 years ago

I can't imagine enforcement occurring in residential homes, of disallowing non-wired smoke detectors (unless for inspection purposes, buy/sell contracts, etc).   That said, if you're going to have both, please please please change out the batteries in both often, and at the same time - as part of the premise of the new rules was based on homeowners/apartment dwellers taking batteries out of smoke detectors for other gadgets and never replacing them in the smoke detectors (among other things).

Captain

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4 years ago

A bit more involved, but here is the law documented..

https://www.mass.gov/doc/consumer-guide-to-smoke-detectors-when-selling-home/download

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4 years ago

Note that the MA law seems to require "photoelectric" detectors in many of the cases listed.  SS ones are ionization so would not be legal even if they were hard wired....

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4 years ago

You know, it is going to be impossible to design an affordable Smoke Detector that meets EVERY state, county, and municipal law and regulation in the country.  If a given smoke detector brand doesn't meet your local requirements, then you need to use something else to start.  And to my knowledge, there aren't any laws that prevent you from having an additional smoke detector that doesn't meet local regulations.  Most laws define a minimum level of protection, once you meet that minimal level, you can add whatever you want.

I don't see the problem here.

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4 years ago

Hi all,

Let me first say that it is very important to always abide by your local building and fire codes. The advice given by sevensiamesecats and glenbarrington may very well be sufficient for the needs of your local codes.

Our smoke detectors actually use photoelectric technology and more information about our smoke detectors, as well as why we use that type can be found by clicking here.

While the guide that Captain11 documented seems to have plenty of information, it's always a good idea to make sure you are getting the latest information. For that reason, it may be best to give your local Office of the Fire Marshal a call.

SimpliSafe Social Team
SimpliSafe Home Security

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@simplisafe_admin​ Any chance that SimpliSafe will come out with a fire/CO alarm listener for all of the other detector situations?

Community Admin

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Hi @tismon ,

We have no products to announce at this time. But we'll let our product team know you're looking for 'em!

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