A proposal being considered in Springfield will require all dwelling units, outside of Chicago, built before July 1, 1988, to replace existing battery operated smoke detectors with detectors that have non-removable, non-replaceable batteries with a minimum life of 10 years.
● Property owners would have to comply on January 1, 2017.
● Failure to comply is a criminal offense of a Class B Misdemeanor.
● This proposal is an initiative of Smoke Detector Manufacturers.
● The bill sponsor is a Chicago Senator but the law exempts Chicago.
● The Lake County Property Investors Association is opposed to this unnecessary legislation.
● The type of battery in a smoke detector does not make the detector work better
● People remove batteries when the detector goes off while cooking.If they can’t remove the battery they remove the whole detector. Is that better?
● If the bill is for safety why does it not apply to Chicago?
● This law is an unnecessary expense for property owners for the benefit of smoke detector manufacturers.