This should be common sense and it should not be something that has to be legislated - it just needs to happen for the health and safety of the residents.!
The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee approved last week legislation requiring residential buildings to install carbon monoxide alarms in rental properties that burn fossil fuels. The bill enacts the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act, requiring existing residential buildings to have an operational and centrally located carbon monoxide alarm installed near bedrooms, fossil fuel burners and fireplaces. The committee unanimously approved the legislation, also known as Senate Bill 607, on March 20. The legislation now moves to the full Senate for its consideration.
Failure to install or maintain the alarms will be a summary offense punishable by a fine up to $50. New homes with fossil fuel burners or attached garages have been required since 2010 to install carbon monoxide detectors.
For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning or how you can prevent exposure, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov.
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