The Division of Fire Safety, formerly the Office of the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, is a division of the Department of Fire Services, which is a state agency within the Executive Office of Public Safety. All units work cooperatively to preserve life and property.

Smoke Detector Regulations:

Revisions to Take Effect April 5, 2010:

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations has approved an emergency amendment to 527 CMR32 Approved Smoke Detectors pdf format of 527032.pdf
. This regulation applies to buildings undergoing sale or transfer containing up to five residential units. The regulation which was scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2010, has been moved to April 5, 2010. At that time the regulation will still require photoelectric smoke detectors within 20 feet of a kitchen or bath containing a shower. Areas located beyond 20 feet will be required to contain dual detection by either single unit or two separate units. In addition to the date change the regulation has been clarified to indicate it applies to residential units constructed prior to January 1975 that have not undergone major alteration covered by the State Building Code. It also contains a provision for low voltage household warning systems that may have been installed in these homes.

Carbon monoxide alarms:

Since march 2006, homes have been required to install carbon monoxide detectors on each habitable level as well.

Enforcement Upon Sale or Transfer:

The enforcement of the regulation will continue to take place when the residence is sold or transferred. Homeowners selling their homes after April 5, 2010 will have to meet these new requirements.

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Webinar:

February, 2010 webinar conducted for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors regarding only Pre-1975 homes in conjunction with 527 CMR 32 - Approved Smoke Detectors. http://marealtor.na6.acrobat.com/p32854991/

Help Understanding the Regulations:

The Department of Fire Services has published a booklet pdf format of consumers_guide_w_sell_1_and_2_fam_printout.pdf
to help the fire service, public and realtors understand the smoke alarm requirements when selling one- or two-family homes. Contact your local fire department for more information.

Training for fire departments will be held in March 2010

Fire departments with code compliance and enforcement questions can call (978) 567-3375 or in western Massachusetts (413) 587-3181.

Telephone Numbers:

Division of Fire Safety Code Compliance and Enforcement(978) 567-3375
Licensing and Permits(978) 567-3700
Fire & Explosion Investigation Section(978)567-3110
Arson Hotline(800) 682-9229
Western Mass. Office(413) 587-3181
Public Fire Safety Education Hotline(877) 9NO-FIRE