New Smoke Alarm Requirements for Family Child Care Home Providers

Governor Wolf signed changes to the “Fire and Panic Act” into law (Act 42 of 2022) which will require family child care home providers to:
  • Install interconnected (whether by hardwire, by Bluetooth or other means) smoke alarms on each floor of their home AND in the basement.
  • Have a portable fire extinguisher in the kitchen and any other cooking areas.
  • In addition, the activation of each smoke alarm must result in an audible alarm for those inside the child care space with all doors closed. The smoke alarms must be loud enough for the owner/staff in the child care space to hear all alarms in the home, even when doors are closed.
  • At the time of installation, the smoke alarm must be approved by a testing laboratory recognized by OSHA to test and certify smoke alarms. The smoke alarm installed must be approved by an OSHA recognized lab.

Beginning on September 5, 2022, family child care providers will have until September 5, 2023 OR the expiration of their certificate, whichever is later, to comply.

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Fire Safety Requirements: Act 62 of 2020 became effective November 11, 2020

It requires:

  • All child care centers and family child care homes have a fire detection device or system that is operable and properly maintained at all times.
  • They must manually test all fire detection devices or systems at least once every thirty days and maintain a written record of the testing in the facility's fire drill logs.
  • Operability must be demonstrated during the annual inspection.
  • If a fire detection device or system cannot be tested every thirty days, the device or system must be tested at least annually by a fire safety professional and maintain written documentation of the test results in the facility's fire drill logs. Documentation must be on the fire safety professional's letterhead.
  • They must keep proof and date of purchase of an interconnected fire detection device or system in the facility's fire drill logs.

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