The American Society Of Home Inspectors' (ASHI) standards of practice indicate under section 7 entitled, 'Electrical Systems,' that home inspectors are NOT required to INSPECT the ALARM SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS. Hence, a home inspector is NOT required to inspect a home's SMOKE DETECTORS! Recent building code requires all new constructed homes with smoke alarms in every floor, every bedroom, and every hallway.
The USFA reports that approximately 30% of all homes with smoke detectors are either missing batteries or are age defective! Smoke alarms have an 'effective life' of approximately 7-10 years, hence purchasing new smoke alarms are the most important items one can buy when moving into a new home.
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