Smoke Detectors Information

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On December 1, 2016, the State of Massachusetts updated the smoke detector requirements for all residences.

For ease of use, the informational links are based on when your house was built. However, if the property was renovated with additional bedrooms, added an attached garage or major alterations including gutting, re-configuring bedroom walls, installing hard-wired smoke detectors, etc., choose the link for that time period. Once smoke detectors are hard-wired they need to remain hard wired.

*Constructed Prior to 1975 (Battery-Operated Detectors)

*Constructed from 1975 and Prior to 1997 (Hard-Wired Smoke Detectors)

*Constructed 1997 to Dec 2007 (Hard-Wired Smoke Detectors and in Bedrooms)

*Constructed from January 1, 2008 to February 3, 2011

*Constructed after February 4, 2011

Above links are under construction. Information is available at Fire Department Headquarters.


Smoke Detector Inspections



A Certificate of Compliance is required for the sale or transfer of a property (M.G.L. c 148 s. 26). Appointments for the inspections are to be made in person at Fire Department Headquarters during business hours. The inspection fee is collected at the time the appointment is made. The office accepts exact cash or check.