The owner of the Motel 6 in Huntsville has pleaded guilty to not replacing expired smoke alarms.

The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department says this comes after an inspection of the property back in April.

The owner was charged under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act and was fined $1,500 plus victim surcharges. The fire department says the hotel has since been brought into compliance.

“As smoke alarms age, they lose their sensitivity,” says Fire Prevention Officer Mike Vadlja. “Even though the smoke alarm may sound when the test button is pushed, if the sensor is out of date it will not detect smoke and sound the alarm when a fire occurs. Smoke alarms usually need to be replaced 10 years after the date of manufacture. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing, testing and maintaining smoke alarms.”