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Highlights of Chapter 304 of the Acts and Resolves of 2004:

Mandates sprinklers in places of assembly, such as nightclubs, with an occupancy of 100 persons or more within three years (by Nov. 15, 2007);

Creates a two-strike rule for places of assembly with occupancies of less than 100 that exceed capacity. If a club is cited for an occupancy violation twice in a year, automatic sprinklers must be installed within 90 days or the business will be shut down;

Eases the financial burden on businesses complying with the new law by putting in place an accelerated tax depreciation deduction for the purchase of automatic sprinkler systems required to be installed as a retrofit in existing nightclubs, discotheques, dance halls and bars from the current 39 years to five years;

Creates criminal penalties for dangerous conditions in public assembly buildings, including blocking ingress or egress; shutting off or failing to maintain fire protection systems; storing flammables or explosives; and using fireworks or pyrotechnics without a permit and exceeding occupancy limits. The first infraction will result in a fine of not more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2½ years. Subsequent infractions will result in a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years;

Establishes criminal penalties for individuals who violate provisions of the state building or fire codes when a violation results in significant injury or death. Violations may result in a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years; and

Restores the Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) program, which helps educate children about fire safety awareness, and provides grants to municipalities to assist in the purchase of firefighter safety equipment.

Our Fire Prevention Goal

Zero fire related loss of life and/or property in the Town of South Hadley

Fire: 144 Newton Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
Water District: 438 Granby Road, South Hadley, MA 01075
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