New Law To Require Carbon Monoxide Alarms In Most Homes

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — It’s a “silent killer” that causes an average of 400 deaths each year in America, but now a new law is trying to change that.

The passage of California Senate Bill 183 will require most homes to have a carbon monoxide alarm by July 1.

CBS2’s Jay Jackson reports that the carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of Doris Hopson and her 62-year-old daughter, Yvonne, sent shockwaves through their Willowbrook community that were felt all the way up to Sacramento.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi says these detectors will be required in any home up for sale or transfer with a fireplace, gas stove or attached garage.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that carbon monoxide poisoning sends 20,000 to the emergency room each year — numbers Kunitomi says will dramatically decrease if every state adopts a law like California.

By the year 2013, every home (including apartment complexes and condos) will be required to have the alarms.

  • mark

    Where are all the Republicans with the “too much government” arguments? The government is dictating our lives and the only commentary to be found on this website is anti-illegal, anti-Hispanic hate speech? Come on people!

  • reasonable

    This is an excellent idea, a great way to keep people safe. I would also like to suggest to lawmakers that we mandate cameras in each bedroom of the house, wired to a central monitoring station so big brother can make sure we are all sleeping soundly and safely. Think of all the jobs that would create…. jobs and safety, that would help California get back on track. Then who knows….. maybe we can get R rated TV programming blocked from any house with children. Im so glad we are in good responsible hands.

  • kevin

    Sounds like some politician has a buddy who is in the carbon monoxide detection business. This politician and his buddy are going to make a fortune off of this scam.

    • lammtater

      Yea, it would be interesting to see how many law makers bought stock before passing this.

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