OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5394 (File 188, as amended by House “A”)*

AN ACT CONCERNING SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS AND ALARMS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.

SUMMARY:

When any one- or two-family dwelling is occupied while undergoing interior or addition work under a building permit, this bill requires the temporary installation of battery-operated (1) smoke detection and warning equipment (smoke detector) and (2) carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment (CO detector) if there is a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace, or attached garage present. The equipment must be placed in the vicinity of the work while it is in progress.

The bill also allows the construction services commissioner, within available appropriations, to establish a public awareness campaign to promote the installation of CO and smoke detectors in all residential dwellings and educate the public about the dangers of not having such equipment installed.

*House Amendment “A” eliminates requirements in the underlying file for existing one-family dwellings to have smoke detectors, existing two-family dwellings to have CO detectors, installation specifications, and CO and smoke detectors to be readily available at retail.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012

EQUIPMENT STANDARDS

The bill requires CO and smoke detectors to be of a type or technology tested and certified under standards issued by the American National Standards Institute and Underwriters Laboratories. They devices may combine smoke and CO detection technology into a single device.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Safety and Security Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

18

Nay

5

(03/15/2012)