Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Further Smoke Detector Legislaton

The laws of the United States of America and this fine state of North Carolina are full of examples of "over" legislation in an attempt to "idiot proof" society.

On March 16, 2011, a bill entitled SB 354-Rental Property/Lithium Battery Smoke Alarms was filed. SB354 would be inserted into N.C.G.S. Sec. 42-42, the "Landlord Responsibilities Statute" and would require landlords to provide 10 year lithium battery smoke alarms when installing new, or replaceing broken, smoke detectors or alarms except where:

1) The dwelling unit is equipped with a hardwired smoke alarm with a battery backup; or
2) The dwelling unit is equipped with a smoke alarm combined with a carbon monoxide alarm that meets the requirements provided in subdivision (7) of this section.

This law is probably not awful, but it is probably not necessary either, and will just add to the costs of landlords, particularly smaller landlords who do not own large new complexes where all the alarms are hardwired. It appears that the biggest winners from the law will be the makers of 10 year lithium batteries and of smoke alarms.

If you are against this legislaton I suggest that you contact your state legislator and let them know.

Assisting clients to efficiently realize their goals while minimizing there risks. I am,

Norm Praet, Esq.

2 comments:

  1. Smoke detectors/alarms are important safety devices, because of their obvious potential to save lives and property.

    Fire Extinguisher Training in Las Vegas

    ReplyDelete
  2. I discovered your website site on google and check a couple of your early posts. Preserve in the top notch operate. I just extra up your Feed to my MSN News Reader. Looking for toward reading far more of your stuff afterwards!… gpwlaw-mi.com/how-to-file-a-mesothelioma-claim/

    ReplyDelete

Legal Disclaimer

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Nothing in this blog shall create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed herein are those of the blogger and not of the PRAET LAW FIRM, PLLC.