MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Madison City Council is considering strengthening its ordinance on smoke alarms.
Council members introduced a new ordinance on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of a fire that killed a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student and injured three others.
Alderman Mike Verveer says he toured the burned house and saw smoke alarms laying on top of a refrigerator with the batteries removed.
The new ordinance would require landlords to install smoke alarms with non-removable, lithium-ion batteries or connections to the building's power supply in all bedrooms and on every floor by Aug. 15.
Homeowners could use 9-volt, battery-operated smoke alarms manufactured in the last 10 years.