California Smoke Alarm Requirements

Here are the current requirements regarding smoke alarm installation in California, from the California State Fire Marshal. For more details, see the bulletin here- and stay safe by using smoke alarms to protect you and your family from house fires!

Where are smoke alarms required?

  • In each sleeping room
  • Outside of each sleeping room
  • On each floor

Where are smoke alarms not required?

  • In the kitchen, bathroom, or garage

Current requirements

  • Any battery-powered smoke alarm must contain a non-removable battery that is rated to last 10 years.
  • All new smoke alarms must have a label showing date of installation and manufacture, and incorporate a hush feature.
  • All existing 120 VAC smoke alarms must comply with the 10-year sealed battery provision.

Upcoming requirement deadlines

  • Landlords must upgrade all rental units to comply with current building smoke alarm codes by January 1st, 2016.
  • All existing hotels and motels with a fossil fuel burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or attached garage must have carbon monoxide devices installed by January 1st, 2016.
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