ILLINOIS (WCIA) — The days of checking smoke detector batteries could soon be over thanks to an updated state law.
The terms of the law mean every home without a hard-wired smoke detector must get one with a long-term, 10-year sealed battery by the end of 2022.
The changes target homes built before 1988 which do not have hard-wired detectors. If your home was built after 1988 and you have a hard-wired detector, you should still check batteries twice a year.
The goal is to phase out old types of detectors in which batteries had to be replaced every six months.
Many times, faulty smoke detectors or a lack of smoke detectors proves deadly. There were 114 fire-related deaths in Illinois last year and at least 76 so far this year.