CHAPTER 541a

PUBLIC SAFETY: GENERAL PROVISIONS

Table of Contents

Sec. 29-450. Paintball facilities: Instruction for minors required.

Sec. 29-451. Use of paintball gun by minor: Eye protective device required.

Sec. 29-452. Registry re school security consultants.

Sec. 29-453. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors required in certain residential buildings.

Sec. 29-453a. Emergency power generators required in certain age-restricted multifamily housing projects.


Sec. 29-450. Paintball facilities: Instruction for minors required. No paintball facility shall allow any person under eighteen years of age to use a paintball gun at such facility without (1) instruction in procedures for the safe use of paintball equipment, or (2) presentation of a certificate attesting to such person's completion of such instruction. Such instruction may include, but need not be limited to: (A) A short video presentation of proper safety equipment and procedures, (B) verbal instruction by the staff of the paintball facility, or (C) a short written or oral examination concerning safety measures for the participant followed by an explanation of any incorrect responses. After successful completion of such instruction, the paintball facility shall issue a certificate attesting to such completion to the participant.

(P.A. 09-113, S. 1.)

Sec. 29-451. Use of paintball gun by minor: Eye protective device required. (a) No person under eighteen years of age shall use a paintball gun on any public or private property unless such person is wearing an eye protective device which meets the American Society of Testing and Materials specification F1776-01. Failure to comply with this section shall not be a violation or an offense. Failure to wear an eye protective device required by this subsection shall not be considered to be contributory negligence on the part of the parent or such person nor shall such failure be admissible in any civil action.

(b) A law enforcement officer may issue a verbal warning to the parent or guardian of a person who has failed to comply with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.

(P.A. 09-113, S. 2.)

Sec. 29-452. Registry re school security consultants. The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall develop criteria to identify qualified school security consultants operating in this state. The department shall establish and maintain a registry of such consultants. The registry shall contain the names and employers of qualified school security consultants and such other information as the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection may require. Such registry shall be updated at least annually by the department, be made available to the public upon request and be published on the department's Internet web site.

(P.A. 13-3, S. 91; P.A. 19-52, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 13-3 effective April 4, 2013; P.A. 19-52 added provision re developing criteria to identify qualified school security consultants and made conforming changes.

Sec. 29-453. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors required in certain residential buildings. (a) Prior to transferring title to any real property containing a residential building designed to be occupied by one or two families, the transferor of such real property shall present to the transferee an affidavit certifying (1) that such residential building is equipped with smoke detection and warning equipment complying with this section, the Fire Safety Code, the State Fire Prevention Code and the State Building Code, and (2) that such residential building is equipped with carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment complying with this section or does not pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning because such residential building does not contain a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. Nothing in the affidavit shall constitute a warranty beyond the transfer of title.

(b) Any transferor who fails to comply with the provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall credit the transferee with the sum of two hundred fifty dollars at closing.

(c) Any smoke detection and warning equipment required pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be:

(1) Capable of sensing visible or invisible smoke particles;

(2) Installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and in the immediate vicinity of each bedroom;

(3) Capable of providing an alarm suitable to warn occupants when such equipment is activated;

(4) Powered by the household electrical service, except such equipment may be battery powered in a residential building for which a building permit for new occupancy was issued prior to October 1, 1976;

(5) In a residential building for which a building permit for new occupancy was issued on or after October 16, 1989, interconnected in such a manner that the activation of the alarm on any smoke detection and warning equipment in the residential building causes the alarm on all smoke detection and warning equipment in such building to activate; and

(6) In a residential building for which a building permit for new occupancy was issued on or after May 1, 1999, located in all sleeping areas.

(d) Any carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment required pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be (1) capable of sensing carbon monoxide present in parts per million, (2) installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, and (3) capable of providing an alarm suitable to warn occupants when such equipment is activated. Such equipment may be operated using batteries.

(e) The following shall be exempt from the requirements of subsections (a) and (b) of this section: (1) Any transfer from one or more coowners solely to one or more of the other coowners; (2) transfers made to the spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandparent or grandchild of the transferor where no consideration is paid; (3) transfers pursuant to an order of the court; (4) transfers by the federal government or any political subdivision thereof; (5) transfers by deed in lieu of foreclosure; (6) any transfer of title incident to the refinancing of an existing debt secured by a mortgage; (7) transfers by mortgage deed or other instrument to secure a debt where the transferor's title to the real property being transferred is subject to a preexisting debt secured by a mortgage; and (8) transfers made by executors, administrators, trustees or conservators.

(P.A. 13-272, S. 1; P.A. 14-219, S. 1; P.A. 22-75, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 13-272 effective January 1, 2014; P.A. 14-219 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re nothing in affidavit to constitute a warranty beyond the transfer of title, amended Subsec. (c) by deleting former Subdiv. (3) re standards under which smoke detection and warning equipment was tested and approved and redesignating existing Subdiv. (4) as Subdiv. (3), and amended Subsec. (d) by replacing “showing the amount of” with “sensing” and deleting “as a reading” in Subdiv. (1), deleting former Subdiv. (3) re standards under which carbon monoxide detection and warning equipment was tested and approved and redesignating existing Subdiv. (4) as Subdiv. (3), effective July 1, 2014; P.A. 22-75 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting provisions re date building permit for new occupancy was issued and inserting “the Fire Safety Code, the State Fire Prevention Code and the State Building Code”, amended Subsec. (c) by deleting “Such equipment may be operated using batteries.” in Subdiv. (3), adding Subdivs. (4) to (6) re power and interconnection of equipment and location in sleeping areas and making technical changes and amended Subsec. (d) to make technical changes.

Sec. 29-453a. Emergency power generators required in certain age-restricted multifamily housing projects. (a) Any privately owned multifamily housing project, within a municipality with a population of at least one hundred thirty thousand but less than one hundred thirty-five thousand, shall install and maintain one or more emergency power generators capable of providing a minimum of four to twelve hours of sufficient electrical power to (1) each unit for heating, water, lighting and critical medical equipment, and (2) each passenger elevator.

(b) For purposes of this section, “privately owned multifamily housing project” means real property that (1) consists of, or encompasses, a building not less than fifteen stories in height that contains dwelling units whose occupancy is restricted by age, and (2) is subject, in whole or in part, to a mortgage insured under the National Housing Act, 12 USC 1701 et seq.

(P.A. 17-62, S. 1.)