Illinois Smoke Alarm Act

New Illinois Smoke Alarm Law

What is the New Illinois Smoke Alarm Law?


  • Since 1988, all dwellings in Illinois have been required to have smoke alarms.
  • In 2017, Public Act 200 was passed to update the Illinois Smoke Detector Act to reflect advances in technology.
  • Come January 1, 2023, single and multi-family homes that are still using smoke alarms with removable batteries are required to install new alarms that feature 10-year sealed battery alarms.


  • Homes built after 1988 that already have hardwired smoke alarms.
  • Homes with wireless integrated alarms that use low-power radio frequency communications, Wi-Fi, or other Wireless Local Area Networking capability.
  • Homes within Chicago city limits.

 Are You Protected?

3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms!

  • Install smoke alarms on every level and in every bedroom.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Alarms don’t last forever, remember to replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Plan and practice your escape route with your family at least twice a year.
  • If your smoke alarm does sound, leave the home immediately and call 9-1-1.