Ringing the Alarm: Electrical Life Safety

“Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are the most important devices you can have in your home. They provide essential early warnings of a problem so you and your family can safely escape.” This comes from the Vermont Department of Public Safety and hopefully isn’t new news to any of us. 

As electricians, we do far more than just install lighting and lay out the outlets in a space. The proper placement, installation, and even type of alarm can make a big difference in both the safety of your home or business, and it can also mean the difference between meeting Vermont law standards. 

“Vermont law has required smoke detectors (alarms) to be installed in single-family dwellings since 1994. Smoke alarms have been required to be installed in multi-family and rental dwellings for more than 30 years.” Since 1994, there have been more modifications to the laws. In just 2008, legislation began requiring photoelectric only smoke alarms. 

However, just because that’s the law and the standard to keep you and your family safe does not mean your house meets those standards. Many existing Vermont homes have out of date smoke alarms and may not even have carbon monoxide detection. If you haven’t moved recently, you likely haven’t had anyone taking a peek at these types of things.


Unfortunately, too many people wait to make these types of upgrades until they are told to. Usually, that means when a home is being sold. Electricians see the dangers and risk of fire from outdated work and features all the time, but it might not be something you spot. Having risky electrical wiring and an outdated smoke detection system can be an incredibly dangerous combination. 

“Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage,” according to ESFi.

Reach out if you are concerned that your home might not be as safe for you as it should be. Older homes are often higher risk, but no home is ever guaranteed to be free of these types of problems. You can learn more about Smoke Alarm Requirements or schedule a Home Inspection with our team. We work with real estate agents, home owners, and business owners to ensure your space is in the right condition. 

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