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.


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