SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – In response to a recent kennel fire that resulted in the death of over 30 dogs, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, supported legislation to require dog kennels in Illinois to install fire alarm systems that notify local emergency responders even when kennel staff is not present.
“This tragedy happened due to an oversight in safety, and changes need to be made in order to prevent future fires from becoming deadly,” Mussman said. “Having smoke detectors isn’t enough when kennel caretakers are not present, and this legislation can help make sure that a tragedy like this doesn’t happen again.”
The Mussman-backed House Bill 3390 states that kennel owners must install a fire alarm or sprinkler system that will trigger a notification to local emergency responders upon activation. The measure also requires the Illinois State Fire Marshal and local fire inspectors to review kennel operators for compliance and fine operators who fail to meet safety standards. Fines start with $500 for the first infraction with increasing severity that could lead up to a loss of license and $2,500 fine for a third violation.
“This bill will close a loophole in safety that we had not seen until it was too late.” Mussman said. “By requiring kennel operators to comply or risk losing their license, we are showing that this preventative measure is to be taken seriously. This measure is one more step to ensure the safety of the animals being housed there, and can also help protect first responders by allowing them to address the emergency before conditions become more dangerous.”