senate Bill S7728

Enacts the Kerry Rose Fitzsimons fire safety act

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    • Passed Assembly
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  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Summary

Enacts the Kerry Rose Fitzsimons fire safety act requiring interconnectable smoke detecting devices to be installed in certain residential buildings.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9214A
Versions:
S7728
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Housing, Construction And Community Development
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง378 & 372, Exec L

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BILL NUMBER:S7728

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
requiring interconnectable smoke detecting devices to be installed in
certain residential buildings

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to
require the installation and replacement of non-interconnectable smoke
alarms with interconnectable smoke alarms within 10 years of the
passage of this bill in certain residential buildings.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This bill would require that everyone
or two-family dwelling has an operable interconnectable smoke
detecting device installed.

This bill would also define "interconnectable smoke detecting device"
or "interconnectable smoke detecting alarm device" as a battery
operated or hard-wired smoke detecting alarm that communicates with
other such devices so that when one such device gives warnings the
other interconnectable smoke detecting alarm devices will also give
warnings.

JUSTIFICATION: Smoke detectors/alarms have been instrumental in
preventing the loss of many lives by alerting occupants of the initial
presence of smoke thereby giving them enough time to exit the
structure before the fire consumes the dwelling. Unfortunately, in
many fire situations, older fashioned smoke detectors that detect
smoke and sound off, do not have the technology to communicate and
warn other smoke detectors in the same household or dwelling.

In January 2012, Kerry Rose Fitzsimons, died in an off campus housing
fire. The Multiple dwelling unit did have smoke detectors, however,
the fire started in another section of the residence and by the time
the smoke detector in her area went off there was no time left to
escape.

Interconnectable smoke detectors communicate with each other, forming
an integrated system of protection. The Alarms can be interconnected
via wires (hardwired) or wirelessly via radio signals and can
communicate with the other detectors located throughout the residence
warning the occupants of a fire thereby saving countless future lives.
They are available now and are similarly priced with the older models.
This bill requires all residential buildings currently mandated to
have smoke detectors/alarms to install interconnectable smoke
detectors/alarms within ten years. This time frame will-give the
manufacturers enough time to sell off existing stock and will outlive
the current life span of the smoke detectors currently in use.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January 1, 2024 with
provisions.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7728

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 3, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  BOYLE  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Housing, Construction  and
  Community Development

AN  ACT  to  amend the executive law, in relation to requiring intercon-
  nectable smoke detecting devices to be installed in  certain  residen-
  tial buildings

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Kerry Rose
Fitzsimons Fire Safety Act".
  S 2. Paragraph a of subdivision 5-b of section 378  of  the  executive
law,  as  separately  amended by chapters 96 and 506 of the laws of 1988
and such subdivision as renumbered by chapter 94 of the laws of 2006, is
amended to read as follows:
  a. every one or two-family dwelling [or any] SHALL HAVE  INSTALLED  AN
OPERABLE  INTERCONNECTABLE SMOKE DETECTING DEVICE OR DEVICES. ANY dwell-
ing accommodation located in a building owned as a condominium or  coop-
erative  in the state used as a residence shall have installed an opera-
ble single station smoke detecting alarm device or devices,
  S 3. Section 372 of the executive law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
subdivision 20 to read as follows:
  20.  "INTERCONNECTABLE  SMOKE  DETECTING  DEVICE" OR "INTERCONNECTABLE
SMOKE DETECTING ALARM DEVICE" MEANS A  BATTERY  OPERATED  OR  HARD-WIRED
SMOKE  DETECTING  ALARM DEVICE THAT COMMUNICATES WITH OTHER SUCH DEVICES
SO THAT WHEN ONE SUCH DEVICE GIVE WARNINGS  THE  OTHER  INTERCONNECTABLE
SMOKE DETECTING ALARM DEVICES WILL ALSO GIVE WARNINGS.
  S  4.  This  act shall take effect January 1, 2024; provided, however,
that effective immediately, the addition and/or repeal of  any  rule  or
regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective
date  are  authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before
such effective date.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14313-05-4

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