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House Consumer Affairs Committee Approves Farry's Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Bill
HARRISBURG —The House Consumer Affairs Committee voted today to approve legislation introduced by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) that would aid in the prevention of carbon monoxide-related deaths in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania currently leads the nation in carbon monoxide-related poisonings and deaths.

House Bill 2031 would require homeowners, upon the sale of their home, to ensure that the home is equipped with a carbon monoxide detector. This requirement would also apply to all existing multi-family buildings that have fossil fuel-burning heaters or appliances and/or an attached garage.

“The importance of having a carbon monoxide detector in your home is often underestimated or simply forgotten,” said Farry. “However, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning carries deadly consequences. I am pleased that members of the committee saw the importance of further protecting all homeowners and renters against damaging effects.”

Currently, the Pennsylvania building code requires all newly constructed homes that have fossil fuel-burning heaters or appliances and/or an attached garage to install a carbon monoxide detector. These requirements are similar to code requirements for smoke detectors.

“There is a proven relationship between carbon monoxide alarm laws and lower carbon monoxide poisoning fatality rates,” said Farry. “This basic, cheap preventative measure will save lives.”

Thirty-three states have enacted similar carbon monoxide detector requirements.

House Bill 2031 will now move to the full House for consideration.

On Jan. 31, a House Consumer Affairs Committee hearing was held on the bill at the Middletown Township Building in Bucks County. Video of the hearing, along with more information about the bill, can be found on Farry’s website,

State Representative Frank Farry
142nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Abbey Fosnot
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