The Wellesley Fire Prevention Office is open Monday thru Friday from 7 am to 5 pm. The Wellesley Fire Prevention office performs 26f inspections on Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Please call 781-235-1300 x 6229 to schedule an inspection
Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are your first, and many times, your only life saving defense against fires and CO poisoning. In 2014, almost one-quarter of residential fire victims had no working smoke alarms to warn them. In 12% of these fires, smoke alarms were present but failed to operate.
Massachusetts law requires working smoke and CO alarms in all residences. This page will help you determine the type of alarms you need and how to maintain them. Additionally, you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Compliance indicating your home meets these requirements should you wish to sell your home.
- Smoke Alarm Regulations - 527 CMR 1.00:13.7 - For the purpose of compliance with the smoke alarm requirements upon sale or transfer (M.G.L. c 148 s. 26) on or after December 1, 2016, smoke alarms shall meet the new requirements contained in this regulation.
- FireFactor on Smoke Alarm Regulation Update - a 2-page handout summarizing the changes to 527 CMR 1.00:13.7
Help Understanding the Regulations
The Department of Fire Services has published a guide to help the fire service, public and realtors understand the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements when selling one- or two-family homes. Your local fire department is your best resource for the code requirements for a specific home.