NYS Requires 10-Year Batteries in Smoke Detectors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -
A smoke detector with replaceable battery, which will become illegal to sell in New York starting in 2017. (Isser Berg/Hamodia)
A smoke detector with replaceable battery, which will become illegal to sell in New York starting in 2017. (Isser Berg/Hamodia)

New York state will soon mandate that new smoke detectors contain 10-year, non-removable batteries.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law late Monday.

States including California and Maryland already have similar requirements.

When the new law takes effect in New York, in 2017, the state will prohibit the sale of any detector that requires traditional, replaceable batteries. The rule is intended to reduce tampering and ensure that detectors don’t stop working because a business or home owner forgot to change the battery.