Smoke detectors become mandatory on French side

POSTED: 12/21/15 6:35 PM

MARIGOT – All dwellings on the French side must be equipped with a smoke detector by June 30 of next year, the French-side newspaper St. Martin’s Week reports. The Territorial Council took the decision to make this mandatory, based on a French law that was approved already back in 2010, and that went into effect in France on March 8 of this year.

Not everybody is happy with the rule, or even sees the sense of it. “How many people have a fire extinguisher installed?” council member René-Jean Duret asked.

The devil is however in the details: insurance companies may declare themselves not liable for damages caused by fires in homes that do not have a smoke detector installed.

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