March 20, 2009 Elad Bushari

Boston: Effective January 10, 2010 only photoelectric smoke detectors will be allowed within 20 feet of a kitchen or a bathroom containing a bathtub or shower.   According to fire officials this is because photoelectric detectors are less prone to false alarms when steam or smoke is produced.  Outside of this area you must have both a photoelectric and ionization smoke detector.
This change mirrors an existing provision of the state building code which prohibits the installation of ionization smoke detectors in new construction.  By placing a similar requirement in the fire code older homes built prior to 1975 are captured.

Elad Bushari

Elad Bushari is the Broker / Owner of Bushari Group Real Estate and a National "30 Under 30" Honoree by REALTOR Magazine in 2009.

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