This includes smoke detectors in high-rise condominium communities such as Park Tower.
The purpose is to do with the old removable battery-powered smoke detectors and replace them with more reliable alternatives, and specifically those with the minimum 10 year unremovable lithium battery.
Our team at Habitat has been working to interpret these changes and what is important for buildings such as Park Tower to understand. With some help of outside legal counsel it has been determined that as of January 1, 2023, the following requirements are in effect in both the State of Illinois and City of Chicago:
Later this year we will be conducting our Life Safety Inspections of all units. At that time we will conduct a census of any such smoke detectors remaining, and proactively contact owners to strongly recommend their immediate replacement. However, Owners can contact our team anytime to schedule a work ticket for this to be done. We do stock the code compliant detectors for $25, and will remove the old one and install the new one without a labor charge.
If you have an old removable battery operated smoke detector, and would like this to be replaced sooner rather than later, please e-mail us a request at firstname.lastname@example.org.