§ 23-28.01-2. Legislative findings.
The general assembly finds and declares that:
(1) Fires are a significant and preventable cause of the loss of life in the state;
(2) Catastrophic fires, while rare, have happened in the state with tragic loss of life;
(3) Fire safety and building codes can provide standards that substantially reduce the risk of death, injury, and property damage caused by fires;
(4) Compliance with codes is critical to their being an effective means for achieving the reduction of both risks and losses;
(5) Codes are more effective when they are comprehensive in their application, up-to-date, and integrated;
(6) Rhode Island has a long history of developing, adopting, and implementing codes as conditions in the state have changed and the means and practice of fire safety have evolved; and
(7) Rhode Island, in 2003, wishes in response to the tragic fire at "The Station" nightclub, in West Warwick, to improve fire safety throughout the state.
(P.L. 2003, ch. 106, § 2; P.L. 2003, ch. 107, § 2; P.L. 2012, ch. 415, § 20.)