CHAPTER 219

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 271

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 16, DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SMOKE DETECTORS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE (Two-thirds of all members elected to each House thereof concurring therein):

Section 1. Amend Title 16, Delaware Code, Chapter 66, Section 6631 by renumbering paragraph (e) to (f) and inserting a new paragraph (I) to read as follows:

"(f) When the standards of the State Fire Prevention Regulations and the building codes change with respect to the number and location of smoke detectors in new construction, such standards shall be the minimum to be utilized for determining compliance with this statute for new construction. A listing of all updated standards and their effective dates shall be maintained in the State Fire Marshal's Office."

Section 2. Amend Section 6632(a)(1) by striking from "outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms; and shall be installed on each additional story of the family living unit, including basements, but excluding crawl spaces and unfinished attics, if nothing is stored or kept in such areas.", and insert "in accordance with the provisions of the State Fire Prevention Regulations and the building codes in effect at the time of new construction."

Section 3. Further amend Section 6632 by striking paragraph (a)(2), renumbering (3) to (2), then striking the words "with respect to location as set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection", and inserting, "outside each sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms; and shall be installed on each additional story of the family living unit, including basements, but excluding crawl spaces and unfinished attics, if nothing is stored or kept in such area."

Section 4. Amend Section 6633, paragraph (a) by striking subsection (1) and (2) and inserting a new subsection (1) to read: "Smoke detection devices and systems shall be installed in conformance to the standards of the State Fire Prevention Regulations and the building codes pursuant to the specifications for the individual occupancies or use."

Approved July 23, 1997