Willis Lifesaving Measure Requiring Better Smoke Detectors Signed Into Law

ADDISON, Ill. – A lifesaving measure introduced by State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, requiring homes to utilize smoke detectors with more efficient, longer-lasting batteries was recently signed into law.

“Smoke detectors that are working properly save lives,” said Willis. “This is critical legislation that will ensure that homes are equipped with the most technologically advanced smoke detectors with long lasting, high efficiency batteries.”

Willis filed House Bill 3773 in the House in February. It passed out of the General Assembly with strong bipartisan support and was recently signed into law. The measure is supported by a wide coalition of groups, including the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, and takes effect on January 1, 2023.

A 2015 report by the National Fire Protection Association found that three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, and dead batteries caused nearly one-quarter of the smoke alarm failures.

“Busy homeowners shouldn’t have to worry about the battery in their fire alarm running out,” said Willis. “I will continue to work to ensure that we are doing everything possible to improve fire prevention efforts across Illinois.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.