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New smoke alarm law takes effect

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A new Maryland law requiring homeowners to update smoke alarms in their homes went into effect Jan. 1.

The law, originally passed in 2013, requires homeowners replace battery-operated smoke alarms with either new battery sealed-in smoke alarms with a “silence or hush” feature or hardwired smoke alarms with a battery back-up.

“The main benefit that we think is that they are worry-free and that they work,” said Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services Spokesperson Pete Piringer.

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