Whenever a sale (or exchange) of a single family dwelling occurs, the seller must provide the buyer with a written statement stating that the property is in compliance with local ordinances regarding smoke alarms.
R314.3 Location: Smoke alarms shall be installed in the following locations:
1) In each sleeping room
2) Outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.
3) On each additional story of the dwelling, including basements and habitable attics but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwelling or dwelling units with split levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less than one full story below the upper level.
Many local ordinances impose more stringent smoke alarm requirements than state law. Therefore, city or county building and public safety regulations must be consulted regarding smoke alarm requirements.
Smoke alarm installation requirements also apply to new home construction, and, in many cases, to existing homes undergoing additions, alterations or repairs. Consult local regulations regarding smoke detector requirements in these instances as well.
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