October 4, 2012
REP. DARGAN HAILS NEW SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR
LAW TAKING EFFECT THIS MONTH
State Representative Stephen Dargan hailed a new law implementing the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in residential buildings.
The new law (HB 5394) became effective on October 1, 2012.
Rep. Dargan is joined by West Haven fire and local officials at a press conference hailing a new law concerning the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in residental buildings. Rep. Dargan is House Chair of the Public Safety and Security Committee.
Rep. Dargan explained that following the tragic fire last year in Stamford, the General Assembly reviewed the state's smoke and carbon monoxide detector laws.
As a result, a new law required that all one-family homes must be equipped with some detectors, and one and two family homes must be equipped with carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment, unless they do no contain a fuel burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.
Rep. Dargan pointed out that the detectors are required in any home undergoing interior construction or alteration under a building permit.
"This new law will protect people and their families and will save lives," Rep. Dargan said. "But, it's important that everyone should take the time to install detectors where they live, not wait for any construction that may be contemplated in the future."
Rep. Dargan focused on the new law while participating in a news conference Thursday in West Haven where fire and elected officials announced a program to distribute combination Smoke/CO detectors to local residents.
Rep. Dargan is House Chair of the Public Safety and Security Committee.