October 9th-15th was Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme was Don’t Wait, Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years. This is also a good time to review the new Fire Prevention Regulations that are set to take effect on December 1st. The new regulations will amend the Fire Code and apply to any newly installed smoke detector. Because this is a change to the Code, homeowners will only be required to replace existing battery powered smoke alarms in pre-1975 buildings when the existing smoke alarm expires or is no longer operable. This may provide Realtors® with a good opportunity to reach out to homeowners and alert them to the coming changes so they can use the proper replacement when their current alarms expire. For additional information, please click here for a copy of the comments MAR provided or here for the Department of Fire Safety website.