PA 09-78—sHB 6286

Public Safety and Security Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT SHIELDING FIRE DEPARTMENTS THAT INSTALL SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS FROM LIABILITY

SUMMARY: This act exempts fire departments from liability for civil damages for personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, or other loss when they deliver or install smoke or carbon monoxide detectors or batteries for these devices at residential premises. The devices must be (1) new (2) in compliance with all applicable current safety and manufacturing standards, (3) installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, and (4) installed or delivered in the department's official capacity.

Under the act, a “fire department” includes any municipal, independent, or volunteer fire department; fire district; or independent fire company and members of these entities.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

INSTALLATION OF DEVICES

The act applies to the delivery and installation of battery-operated or plug-in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, or combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It does not apply to the alteration or installation of electrical wiring.

The act does not limit or otherwise affect the obligations and duties of anyone who owns or occupies premises where devices are being installed or delivered. It requires departments to keep the delivery and installation records for at least five years.

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