A walk through on smoke detectors in NYC

  • May 30, 2019
  • dominickciccarelli

As per the National Fire Protection Association, most of the fire accidents in New York City occur in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. So, the new law enforces the installation and maintenance of smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors in residential properties in NYC.

According to Dominick Ciccarelli, a licensed contractor with New York State, whether you’re a property owner or tenants in NYC, it is your responsibility to keep your dwellings safe from the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Plus, all the residential owners must provide their tenants with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that abide by the physical requirements of the Building Code.

Below, Dominick Ciccarelli explains owner’s responsibilities for installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Residential owners are required to install at least one operational smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm in each dwelling unit.
They must replace smoke detectors or carbon monoxide alarms once they are expired or removed, stolen, missed, or rendered non-functional before a new tenant moves in.

Landlords also need to know that CO alarms come with an expiration date.

It is important to provide written information about the testing and maintenance of detectors to any adult occupant of each home. This information usually includes general information regarding carbon monoxide poisoning and what to do if an alarm rendered inoperable. Plus, they must be informed that the owner is responsible to replace smoke or CO detectors upon the expiration.

They must maintain records regarding installation and maintenance of Smoke detectors and CO alarms, and must be able to provide the same on request.

 Smoke detectors – Record keeping requirements for smoke detectors are covered in sections 12-01 and 12-03 of Title 28 of the Rules of New York City.

 Carbon monoxide detectors – When it comes to record keeping requirements for CO detectors, they are available in Sections 12-06 and 12-09 of Chapter 12 of Title 28 of the Rules of the City of New York.

Here are some tenants responsibilities regarding smoke detectors and CO alarms
Maintenance of detectors.

Replacement of a detector that has been removed, stolen or is not working.

All detectors must be tested and inspected at least once in a month.

Batteries must be replaced twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.

Never paint over smoke and CO detectors.

All the residential property owners, as well as tenants in NYC, need to ensure their detectors compliance with the Building Code. They must stay abreast with the Rules of the City of New York to keep their dwellings protected from fire and carbon monoxide poison accidents.