Maryland– Your union is currently working with partners across the state on an innovative bill that will save lives and improve safety in our communities. The “Fire Life Safety Bill” would mandate inspections of dampers and smoke suppression systems in commercial buildings. The proposed legislation is similar to ordinances passed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Some states, including Nevada and West Virginia, have similar statewide laws. In addition to protecting public safety, this law will ensure that all commercial buildings use our licensed sheet metal professionals to install, inspect and maintain duct work and dampers.