Smoke detectors become mandatory on French sidePOSTED: 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.