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Legislative update From our Local Homebuilders Association

Smoke Detectors

The Senate Commerce, Housing, General and Military Committee began to take up testimony last week on a bill, S.226, which would mandate that all new smoke detectors installed be photoelectric detectors. Currently builders are only required to install either ionization or photoelectric smoke detectors. Local firefighters have begun a recent push to only allow photoelectric detectors to be installed. They believe these photoelectronic detectors to be safer. Many studies conducted by Underwriter Laboratories and others though seem to indicate that there is no statistical difference between the two. The HBRA is currently coordinating with the committee to take expert testimony from the NAHB building codes department on this issue. Stay tuned for more updates on this topic and more during our legislative session. (HBRA) stands for Homebuilders and Remodelers Association in our local area. They have provided us this information in an attempt to keep us informed on current legislative issues being discussed in Montpelier.

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