Wakefield Fire Department

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation and Inspection Requirements

When Selling a One or Two Family Dwelling

M.G.L. c148 s.26F - The Law

Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 148 section 26F mandates that upon sale or transfer of certain homes, the seller must install approved smoke alarms. These requirements apply to residences that were built or modified prior to creation of the Massachusetts State Building code (January 1, 1975). If a building was built or has undergone substantial renovation (50% of walls and ceilings open to framing, addition of bedrooms), addition or modification after January 1, 1975. The date the building permit was issued determines the smoke alarm requirements.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Massachusetts General Law, chapter 148 section 26F 1⁄2 and 527 CMR 1.00:13.7.6 mandates that upon sale or transfer of any residence, the local fire department must inspect the residence for carbon monoxide alarm compliance. After a successful inspection, the local fire department will issue a Certificate of compliance indicating that the residence meets the carbon monoxide alarm requirements. Smoke alarm and CO alarm inspections can be conducted in the same visit.

When scheduling your Smoke CO Alarm Inspection the following information is required:

Typical one and two family dwellings built before

Smoke Alarms are required as follows

Existing alarms that are less than 10 years old

New or replacement alarms

Carbon Monoxide alarms are required as follows

Typical one and two family dwellings permitted between and (780 CMR 1-5th Edition)

Smoke alarms are required as follows

Carbon Monoxide alarms are required as follows

Typical one and two family dwellings permitted after - (780 CMR 6th Edition)

Smoke alarms are required as follows

Carbon Monoxide alarms are required as follows

Typical one and two family dwellings permitted on or after - (780 CMR 7th Edition)

Smoke alarms are required as follows

Carbon Monoxide alarms are required as follows

Heat alarms are required as follows

Typical one and two family dwellings permitted on or after - (780 CMR 8th Edition)

Smoke alarms are required as follows

Carbon Monoxide alarms are required as follows

Heat alarms are required as follows

Typical one and two family dwellings permitted on or after January 1, 2018

Smoke alarms are required as follows

Carbon Monoxide alarms are required as follows

Heat alarms are required as follows

Triggers for an upgrade to the smoke and carbon monoxide detector requirement

Wireless 'one link' Smoke Alarms

Smoke or heat alarms shall not be interconnected with alarms from other manufacturer’s unless listed as being compatible with the specific model

Posted street number is visible form the street (MGL c.148 s.59)

Fees:

1 Family
$50.00
2 Family
$100.00
3 to 5 Family
$150.00
6 or more Family
$500.00

Home