Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Information

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector RequirementsSmoke Detector Image

For ease of use, the informational links are based on when your house was built. However, if the property was renovated with additional bedrooms, added an attached garage or major alterations including gutting, re-configuring bedroom walls, installing hard-wired smoke detectors, etc., choose the link for the time period when the renovation was performed. Once smoke detectors are hard-wired they need to remain hard wired.

Smoke detectors older than 10 years old need to be replaced. 
Carbon Monoxide detectors need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years depending on the manufacturer's instructions. 

On December 1, 2016, the State of Massachusetts updated the smoke detector requirements for residences built prior to 1975.  Most of these residences will have only battery-operated smoke detectors.

Smoke Detector Inspections

As of Monday, June 15, 2020, we will start scheduling smoke detector inspections over the phone only.  Fire Department Headquarters is still closed to the public.  The inspection fee will be collected at the time of the appointment and must be in the form of a personal check, bank check or money order.  (Cash is not an option). 

At the time of the inspection, residents will be asked to remain outside, for social distancing requirements, as the Deputy and/or Fire Department personnel performs the inspection of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  If
you feel uncomfortable with the social distancing requirement, you do have the option to wait up to 90 days before the inspection needs to be completed. 

Please call 413-562-2329 option #2 or 413-572-6307 during normal business hours to schedule an appointment for a smoke detector inspection.  If your home is a multi-family dwelling, please specify the number of units.  Questions may be asked as to when your property was built and if there were major renovations to your home and when they occurred.

To obtain a copy of the requirements your house must have for the inspection, please refer to the information at the top of this webpage.

Single Family Home/Condo - $40
Multi Family Dwellings - $40 for the first unit; $10 for each additional unit
     For Example:  Two Family - $50
                            Three Family - $60

Governor's Emergency Executive Order Permitting the Temporary Conditional Deferral of  Certain Inspections of Residential Real Estate