ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Some residents of Maryland are running out of time to install tamper-resistant smoke alarms.

The Capital Gazette reports that a fire safety law requires people with battery-powered smoke detectors or those with no detectors at all to install tamper-resistant alarms by Jan. 1.

The Annapolis newspaper says some 800,000 homes will be impacted by the fire safety law passed in 2013 that aims to prevent casualties from older fire alarms with dead batteries.

If officials find a home without the proper devices required by the fire safety law a resident would face a misdemeanor charge if they don’t comply with the requirements within five days.

Information from: The Capital,

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