This bill has been amended

Bill S7422-2011

Relates to standards for the installation of single station smoke detecting alarm devices

Provides that batteries in battery operated single station smoke detecting alarm devices shall be non-replaceable, non-removable and capable of powering the devices for a minimum of ten years.

Details

Actions

  • Jun 6, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 5, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jun 4, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.988
  • May 14, 2012: REFERRED TO HOUSING, CONSTRUCTION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Housing, Construction and Community Development - Jun 4, 2012
Ayes (5): Young, Grisanti, Espaillat, Diaz, Krueger
Ayes W/R (3): Bonacic, Gallivan, Ritchie

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S7422

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the executive law, in relation to standards for installation of single station smoke detecting alarm devices

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This legislation provides that battery operated smoke detectors are permitted within homes as long as the batteries are non-replaceable, non-removable and will power the device for a minimum of ten years.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1 amends paragraph c of subdivision 5-b of section 378 of the executive by requiring the batteries in battery operated smoke detectors be non-replaceable, non-removable and capable of powering the device for a minimum of ten years.

Section 2 this act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment, 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.

JUSTIFICATION:

New York State first required smoke alarms in homes in 1981 and as a result fire deaths have since been cut in half. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Yet the data clearly shows that most fire deaths today happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working alarms.

Rending a smoke alarm inoperable by tampering with the alarm, removing its batteries or failing to change its batteries can result in deadly consequences. In the Consumer Products Safety Commission's National Smoke Detector Project, 32% of consumers disable their smoke alarm when they experienced unwanted alarm activation from such sources as cooking, steam, cigarettes, dust or low battery chirps.

Long life, tamper resistant smoke alarms go to the core of addressing disablement and failed maintenance by consumers, and do so in a cost effective way. In recent years advancements have led to smoke alarms that today prevent consumer tampering and that can power the alarm for a minimum of ten years. As these alarms have become more available and affordable, requiring the replacement of existing battery operated smoke alarms with this more maintenance-free alarms will drive down fire deaths and injuries.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment, 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.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7422 IN SENATE May 14, 2012 ___________
Introduced by Sen. NOZZOLIO -- 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 standards for instal- lation of single station smoke detecting alarm devices THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph c of subdivision 5-b of section 378 of the execu- tive law, as amended by chapter 96 of the laws of 1988 and such section as renumbered by chapter 94 of the laws of 2006, is amended to read as follows: c. such device or devices shall be in compliance with the uniform code, provided, however, that for purposes of this subdivision, battery operated devices shall be permitted SO LONG AS THE BATTERIES IN SUCH BATTERY OPERATED DEVICES ARE NON-REPLACEABLE, NON-REMOVABLE AND CAPABLE OF POWERING THE DEVICES FOR A MINIMUM OF TEN YEARS, S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment, and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the imple- mentation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.

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