American legislators push for 10-year batteries in all smoke detectors

Following on from a similar ruling in California, law-makers in New York State have passed a bill that, as of 2017, requires all newly installed smoke detectors to have 10‑year, non-removable batteries.  It is hoped that this will reduce the number of cases where fires break out in a home with a deactivated detector, leading to injury or death. However, this will drive up the cost of detectors considerably, potentially leading to a reduction in the number of detectors actually installed.

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