A Home Inspector has a bunch of responsibilities while performing the inspection. One is to test the smoke alarms of the home. Smoke alarms have been required since 1973 however the codes have expanded since then. Here is a timeline.
1973 – One smoke alarm required for whole home
1979 – Retroactive smoke alarm inspection and hardwired and interconnected alarms when work is done on home that is more then $1000.
1988 – Smoke alarm for every floor
1991 – Smoke alarm per every sleeping room
2003 – Smoke alarm required to be in outside in the vicinity of every bedroom
It is now required for to have smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside of the room and on each level of the home in the common areas when buying or building a home.
Anchor Home Inspection is always available by phone to answer questions regarding your smoke alarm situation. If you would like to consult with a professional about a home inspection, call Anchor Home Inspection now to schedule a home inspection today.