Senator Frantz Supports Residential Smoke Detector Requirements

March 6, 2012

Hartford – State Senator L. Scott Frantz (R-36) testified before the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Security Committee in support of H.B. 5394, An Act Concerning Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detectors And Alarms In Residential Buildings on Tuesday, March 6th.

“The house fire that occurred in Stamford on Christmas Morning, which took the lives of three children and their Grandparents is as devastating an event imaginable to a family, a community and, in this case, a state,” said Senator Frantz in prepared testimony.

This bill would require smoke and carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment in all residential buildings. It would also require that dwellings under renovation that require a permit and are occupied during the work must have these detectors located in the house. If detectors are removed during this process, they must be relocated elsewhere in the house to ensure resident safety.

“Unfortunately, this legislation will not bring back the lives of the people lost on Christmas morning, but it will hopefully aid in preventing this and other tragedies like it from happening again,” concluded Senator Frantz.