RI News
7:50 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Langevin tries for nationwide fire safety

Congressman Jim Langevin has re-introduced a bill aimed at increasing the number of businesses that are equipped with fire sprinklers.

The bill would provide tax deductions up to half a million dollars for small and medium businesses that install sprinklers. Langevin says it’s important that a Station Nightclub fire never happen anywhere again in the United States. "It was a terrible tragedy in Rhode Island; something we’ll never forget. And I don’t want to see that happen anywhere ever again. It’s been shown time and time again that when venues have a functioning fire sprinkler system in place that should a fire break out that it prevents or significantly limits the loss of life or injury or property damage."
 
This is the third time Langevin has introduced the bill. Critics say fire sprinklers are too big a cost to impose on small businesses.

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