Stamford Enacts Smoke Detector Law

The new ordinance brings Stamford in line with a recently-passed state law requiring battery-operated smoke detectors in single dwellings and homes under renovation, according to a report in the Stamford Advocate.

In the wake of the that took the lives of three children and their grandparents, the City of Stamford has enacted a law requiring smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in all private residences.

The new ordinance brings Stamford in line with a in single dwellings and homes under renovation, according to a report in the Stamford Advocate.

Enforcement of the new law, however, will be a challenge.

"It's tough because you don't have the right to go into a private dwelling unless we're invited in by the occupants," Public Safety Director Ted Jankowski, a former New York City firefighter, told the Advocate. "By having the ordinance hopefully people will abide by it. It's a total safety concern — we're more concerned about people having them than going in and finding them."

Meanwhile and , parents of the three children, who divorced prior to the tragedy, are in connection with the deadly fire, which occurred at Madonna Badger's Shippan Avenue home while it was under renovation. Both claim the city building department failed to ensure proper safety during construction. In addition the estates of Pauline and Lomer Johnson, Madonna Badger's parents who died in the fire, have also reportedly filed suits against the City.

For more check out the Stamford Advocate report.


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