Friday, April 17, 2009

Texas Man Lobbies for Visual Smoke Alarm Law for Deaf Tenants After Losing Wife and Two Kids in Fire

Four years after his wife and two of their four children died in an apartment fire, Tyrus Burks was in Austin last week supporting a bill named in honor of his wife. The Sephra Burks Bill, written by Dallas Senator Royce West, would require landlords to install smoke alarms equipped with visual alerts if they are requested by a hearing impaired tenant.
The bill further specifies that the smoke alarms be placed in highly visible locations, including bedrooms. In the case of the Burks family, there was a visual smoke alarm, but building management had installed it in a stairwell.

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