New NYC Smoke Alarm Law for Multi-Family Properties to Help Save Lives

    New NYC Smoke Alarm Law for Multi-Family Properties to Help Save Lives

Requirement of 10-year sealed battery alarms offers safety and maintenance

PR Newswire

MEBANE, N.C., April 14, 2014

MEBANE, N.C., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --New smoke alarm regulations go
into effect this month that will help property owners provide a safer living
environment for their tenants while also reducing maintenance calls. As of
April 1, New York City multi-family property owners must install 10-year,
sealed battery smoke or combination smoke/CO alarms when replacing outdated,
missing or damaged units. Alarms like the Kidde Worry-Free sealed-battery
smoke alarms comply with this new law. Kidde Fire Safety, a leading
manufacturer of residential fire safety products, is part of UTC Building &
Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Missing or disconnected batteries are the main reason smoke alarms fail to
operate in residential fires. A recent survey conducted on behalf of Kidde,
ranked late-night low-battery chirps as the top smoke alarm annoyance, yet 40
percent of respondents would choose to either disconnect the alarm or wait a
day or more to replace the battery. A long-life battery sealed inside an alarm
makes it virtually tamper proof and eliminates the risk of tenants disabling
the alarm. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) reports more than 77
percent of last year's fire-related fatalities occurred in residences without
working smoke alarms. Already this year, nine New Yorkers have perished in
fires where no smoke alarm was present.

"A working smoke alarm is critical to surviving a fire in the home. By
alerting residents when a fire is present, smoke alarms provide the early
alert and time needed to escape," said Lieutenant Anthony Mancuso, director of
Fire Safety Education for FDNY. "We encourage property owners and residents
to understand the importance of smoke alarms, to replace any outdated, damaged
or missing alarms to comply with the new law, and to help keep New York City
families safe."

Local Law 1111-2013 amends New York City's administrative and building codes.
The requirement affects all Class A and Class B residential dwellings, and
requires replacement alarms to comply with UL 217 standard. The law states
that property owners can be reimbursed by a tenant up to $50 per installation
of each 10-year sealed smoke or combination alarm. The tenant has one year
from the date of installation to make compensation. The tenant is required to
maintain these alarms and replace any that are missing or rendered inoperable
during their occupancy.

Kidde's Worry-Free battery-powered smoke and combination alarms contain a
sealed-in tamper-proof battery proven to power the alarm for 10 years.
Additionally, each is designed with location-specific features, such as a
super-bright LED light in the Hallway Alarm. Kidde's Worry-Free Kitchen Alarm
includes smart-sensing technology to minimize, if not eliminate,
cooking-related nuisance alarms.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Local Law 1111-2013 in late December 2013. For
more information on New York City's law, visit

About Kidde

Kidde is a leading manufacturer of residential smoke alarms, carbon monoxide
(CO) alarms and fire extinguishers, and has been delivering advanced
fire-safety technology since it produced the first integrated smoke detection
and carbon dioxide extinguishing system more than 90 years ago. Kidde is a
part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies
Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries
worldwide. For more information, visit or follow @KiddeSafety on


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