New law calling for homeowners to change out old smoke detectors

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(WAND) – A new law is changing the requirements for smoke detectors in Illinois homes.

Homeowners will need to replace old smoke detectors to ones that will last for 10 years.

According to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, the new law will be in place by the end of 2022. The new law was passed by the General Assembly.

They hope the new law will cut down on human error. Fire officials say many residents will remove batteries from smoke detectors. They say over half of fire-related deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working alarms.

The new detectors will have 15-minute silence buttons.

Fire officials say the new law is all about keeping families safe.

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