Effective January 1, 2015, a battery-powered smoke alarm that is newly installed or replaces an existing battery-powered smoke alarm must be powered by a non-removable, non-replaceable battery that powers the alarm for at least 10 years. The battery requirements of this section do not apply to a fire alarm, smoke detector, smoke alarm, or ancillary component that is electronically connected as a part of a centrally monitored or supervised alarm system.
FYI to all Home Inspectors and Insurance Agents. On Friday, June 13, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1672. The bill states that as of July 1, 2014, an agent or their employee accepting any sort of inspection referral compensation will be grounds for suspension or revocation of their insurance agent license. This applies to any inspection used to obtain or price insurance. In addition, authorized windstorm mitigation inspectors, such as professional engineers, general contractors or home inspectors, who offer any such rewards, even if the offer is not accepted by the agent, will be subject to suspension or revocation of their licenses as well.