Houston: Single-station battery-operated smoke alarms must be replaced with 10-year battery alarms upon their expiration and replacement. The law includes exemptions for additional smoke alarms that are installed beyond the building’s current requirements, as well as alarms connected to a fire alarm system. Effective date: January 2017

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Smoke alarms are generally required in residential settings. Hard-wired smoke alarms are required in all new construction in local jurisdictions that have adopted IRC standards. San Antonio: Single- and multi-family dwellings that are rented out by a third party must ensure all units are equipped with smoke alarms, CO alarms, and fire extinguishers. Owners must…

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