Madison General Ordinance (MGO) 34.907 (3), Maintenance of Smoke Alarms, establishes the following requirements for property owners and tenants relative to the maintenance of smoke alarms:
1) The owner of any residential building shall:
a) Install a smoke alarm with two (2) independent power sources consisting of a primary source that uses commercial light and power, and a secondary source that consists of a non-rechargeable or rechargeable battery, OR
b) Install a smoke alarm which is powered by a non-replaceable, non-removable battery that is capable of powering the smoke alarm for a minimum of ten years.
c) Replace the battery for a secondary power supply in all smoke alarms each time the lease is renewed or once each year, whichever time period is shorter, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
d) Replace non-operational, damaged, or missing smoke alarms with smoke alarms meeting the requirements of MGO 34.907 (2)(a).
e) Provide all tenants with the manufacturer’s maintenance and testing instructions.
f) Upon each new lease and at least once every 12 months for every continuing tenant, provide tenants with fire safety educational materials as prescribed by the Fire Chief.
g) Upon each new lease and once every 12 months for every continuing tenant, complete and sign this document prescribed in MGO 32.907(4).
2) The tenant shall be responsible for:
a) Maintaining and testing, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, smoke alarms that are within the dwelling unit during the term of their tenancy.
b) Notifying the owner in writing if a smoke alarm becomes inoperable. The owner shall have five days from receipt of such written notice to repair or replace the inoperable alarm(s). Any smoke alarms which are powered by standard batteries which are found to be inoperable shall be replaced by the owner with smoke alarms meeting the requirements of MGO 34.907(2)(a).
c) Completing and signing this document prescribed in MGO 32.06(4).
3) No person, including tenants or occupants, shall tamper with, remove, alter, damage, or otherwise render any smoke alarm inoperable, per MGO 34.907(3)(e).
4) Where smoke alarms powered solely by commercial light and power have been installed and maintained in accordance with this chapter, such smoke alarms shall continue to be used and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
5) No smoke alarm may remain in service for more than ten years unless the manufacturer specifies a different service life.
ANY PERSON WHO VIOLATES ANY PROVISION OF SEC. 34.907 SHALL BE SUBJECT TO MAXIMUM FORFEITURE OF $187 FOR THE FIRST VIOLATION AS SPECIFIED IN SEC. 34.01(14).
NO DWELLING UNIT OR PREMISES MAY BE OCCUPIED, USED, OR RENTED WHICH DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THIS ORDINANCE.
SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES!