On November 8, 2012, Milwaukee’s Common Council passed a revised smoke alarm ordinance by a vote of 13 to 2.

Effective June 1, 2013, all battery-operated smoke alarm must be powered by 10-year or more non-removable (sealed) batteries.  Compliance with this requirement must be met when replacing any current battery operated smoke alarm after June 1st next year or by October 1, 2017 — whichever is sooner.  The AASEW was successful in getting the effective date of the revised ordinance delayed so as to allow landlords some  additional time to use up their current supply of non-sealed smoke alarms.

The remainder of the ordinance which requires a “hush button” be present on the smoke alarm if it is located within 20 feet of  the kitchen and the requirement of annual testing and recording of when the testing occurred and by whom, remained unchanged.


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