ESA is working closely with the Security Industry Association (SIA), United Technologies Corp., the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, and other groups in the industry to support Congressional passage of the "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act.” The bill would empower the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to enforce tougher standards to help ensure that carbon monoxide detectors are safe and reliable.
On June 27, 2012, the Senate version of the bill (S. 3343) was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). The bill is pending in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
It promotes the purchase and installation in residential homes of CO alarm and detection devices; requires the CPSC to adopt the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/UL standard 2034 for single- and multiple-station carbon monoxide alarms, and UL 2075 standard for gas and vapor detection sensors; and establishes a five-year, $10 million education grant program that would encourage states to require residential CO detection devices.
Another version, H.R. 4326, was introduced in the House on March 29, 2012 and is pending in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It is sponsored by Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and co-sponsored by Rep. Charles Bass (R-NH), and has six co-sponsors.
According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 500 people die each year from CO poisoning and another 15,000 are forced to seek medical attention for accidental CO exposure.
ESA will continue to work with others in the industry to see that these bills get passed.
Click here to read more about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning on Alarm.org, and click here to read more about the Senate bill.