Set Smoke Detector Policy to Protect Residents, Avoid Liability

February 22, 2010
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You are required by HUD to have at least one smoke detector in every unit at your site. It's more than good common sense to take this safety step; smoke detectors can save lives.

Having the required smoke detectors in place also could save you down the road in a legal battle—but only if you have proof that you equipped your units with working smoke detectors. You can accomplish this by having a smoke detector policy that includes a section for your residents to sign to acknowledge that the detector is in place.

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