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Government signs carbon monoxide law

Published December 20. 2013 05:00PM

HARRISBURG - Senator David G. Argall (R-29) applauded the governor's signature of legislation that would establish the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act.

Senate Bill 607, sponsored by Senator Pat Browne (R-16), would require carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in most residential properties that burn fossil fuels as a heating source or have an attached garage.

The bill would also require a disclosure regarding the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in the statement about a property during the time of sale for residential properties.

Argall, a co-sponsor of the proposal, said this issue hits home to many Pennsylvanians.

Nationally, carbon monoxide poisoning results in nearly 400 deaths and 20,000 emergency room visits each year. This odorless, tasteless and colorless gas is produced by several household appliances, including water heaters, cooking ranges, wood-burning stoves, fuel-burning space heaters, furnaces, as well as automobile engines. When trapped in a closed space, like an idling car in a garage, the gas becomes dangerous, yet often undetected by humans.

Governor Corbett signed the bill into law on Wednesday. The new law takes effect immediately.

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