CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Fire personnel, public health officials and SIU faculty and students gathered at the University’s Student Center on September 12 to make the public aware of Illinois’ new 10-year smoke detector law.
There has been a new update to a 30 year old smoke detector act that requires residence in homes to replace their 9 volt battery powered smoke detectors with 10 year non-removable non-replaceable sealed batteries by 2022.
The new smoke detectors will alert the home owner after its 10 year life cycle that they need to be replaced as these smoke detectors are sealed and batteries can not be removed. The effort is to cut down on the 70 percent of residential fire deaths that occur in homes because they are not equipped with working smoke alarms.
“Once a smoke detector is activated in a fire situation, on average you have three minutes to get out of the house before the situation turns deadly, its very vital to have a good working, good quality smoke detector,” said Carbondale Fire Chief Mike Hertz.
Dr. Sarah Patrick, Jackson County Health Department Administrator, said that lawmakers passed a new law requiring state residents to replace their old smoke detectors with the type that has a long term 10-year sealed battery by the end of 2022.
Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) Executive Director Phil Zaleski said the smoke detectors costs under $20.
“In 2017, there were 114 residential fire deaths in Illinois and sadly already 90 fatalities so far in 2018, Patrick said. "The majority of these deaths are occurring in homes without working smoke detectors."
“Since 1988, the Illinois Smoke Detector Act has required all dwellings to have smoke detectors, the new requirement just updates that law to reflect the changes in new technology, aimed at saving lives, while making it easier and more cost effective for Illinois residents to comply,” said SIU Edwardsville Public Safety Site Coordinator Lindsay Laycoax. “While homes built after 1988 are required to have hardwired alarms, most older homes built before then, still have smoke detectors with removable batteries, which are the kind this new law would impact.
“While homes built after 1988 are required to have hardwired alarms, most older homes built before then, still have smoke detectors with removable batteries, which are the kind this new law would impact," SIU Edwardsville Public Safety Site Coordinator Lindsay Laycoax said.
The Carbondale Fire Department can offer assistance installing alarms to area residents upon request by reaching out to their Fire Prevention Bureau. First Alert is providing smoke alarm installation kits to the Fire Department.