I was notified of this yesterday by the Michigan Association of Realtors weekly newsletter. MAR is fighting this costly legislation.
According to MAR:
“There are already mandates in place for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in new builds. A 2008 study from the National Fire Prevention Association shows that chances of surviving a reported home fire when working smoke alarms are present is 99.45%. Clearly, every fire death is a tragedy. However, the solution to reducing these deaths isn’t mandating expensive sprinkler systems; it is to make sure every home has working smoke alarms.”
In these tough economic times in Michigan, especially for builders do we really want to add expensive legislation to the home building code. 99.45% is a huge number to be saved during a fire with smoke detectors.
Make sure you change yours once a year. Pick a date and do it, your birthday, anniversary, a holiday.
Keep your smoke detectors updated.