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Smoke detectors are required as follows:
o One smoke detector on every habitable level of the residence.
o One smoke detector on the ceiling at the base of each stairway, but not in the
o One smoke detector on the ceiling outside of each separate sleeping area.
o One smoke detector inside every bedroom.
o A minimum of one smoke detector must be installed for every 1,200 square feet
of living space per level.
o Must be hardwired and interconnected smoke detectors with battery backup.
o If the smoke detector is located within 20 feet of a kitchen or bathroom
(containing a bathtub or shower), the smoke detector will be required to be a
Carbon monoxide alarms are required as follows:
o On every level of the residence, including habitable portions of basements and
attics and must be located within 10 feet of each bedroom door.
o Combination detectors (photoelectric smoke and carbon monoxide detector)
may be used anywhere.
o Combination detectors (ionization smoke and carbon monoxide detector) may
be used if the detector is outside of 20 feet of a kitchen or bathroom (containing
a bathtub or shower).
o May be either: battery powered, plug-in with battery backup, hardwired with
battery backup, or system type.
o Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement/installation.
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