Bill of the Week: New York AB 830

On June 8th, the New York Assembly recommitted AB 830 to the Agriculture Committee.  The bill was originally introduced in January, 2011.  The bill would require licensed pet dealers to install and periodically test fire equipment and sprinkler systems at pet stores. 

It would provide that fire detection, fire alarm and firefighting equipment, including an adequate number of fire extinguishers, appropriate to the type of building and animals occupying such  building,  shall be provided in all retail and wholesale establishments utilized by a pet dealer to house animals.  Fire protection equipment throughout unsupervised spaces within the building, including storerooms, boiler rooms and exit ways would be required to include an automatic fire detection alarm system of the heat or smoke sensing type.  In addition, all fire detection, fire alarm and firefighting equipment would be required to be tested every six months by the pet dealer and maintained in good working condition.  The bill would further provide that if the fire alarm system becomes inoperative at any time, the pet dealer shall take immediate action  to  have  the  fire alarm system restored to proper working order.

The bill would also establish similar requirements for the installation and maintenance of sprinkler systems at pet stores.  It would provide that an electrically supervised automatic sprinkler system, shall be provided in all retail and wholesale establishments utilized by a pet dealer to house animals.  The bill would require the sprinkler systems to be inspected at least every six months by a competent person holding a certificate of fitness, employed by  the pet  dealer  or  the owner of the building, to see that all parts of the system are in perfect  working  order,  and  that  the  fire  department connection  or  connections,  if any, are ready for immediate use by the fire department.  

This bill would become effective on January 1, 2012.

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