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Legislation Requiring Carbon Monoxide Alarms in Homes Signed into Law, Says Farry
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would enact standards for carbon monoxide alarms in various existing buildings and properties was signed into law Wednesday by the governor, said Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), author of the House of Representatives’ version of the bill.

“Senator Browne and I introduced legislation in the House and Senate to ensure this important issue was addressed,” Farry said. “This bipartisan, bicameral effort will help protect more Pennsylvania residents against the silent killer.”

The new CO detector law, similar to the requirement for smoke alarms, would require multifamily dwellings with a fossil fuel-burning heater/appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage to be equipped with an operational, centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm.

“In my twenty-three years with the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Department, I have personally responded to calls where a carbon monoxide detector saved someone’s life,” said Farry. “As a result of our sometimes harsh winters, Pennsylvania residents must continue to rely on fossil fuel burning units to heat their homes and these heat sources, unfortunately, increase the chance of exposure carbon monoxide gas.”

Currently, the Pennsylvania building code only requires newly constructed homes that have fossil fuel-burning heaters or appliances and/or an attached garage to have a carbon monoxide detector.

Thirty-five states have already enacted carbon monoxide alarm requirements. However, Pennsylvania was one of the few remaining cold weather states that did not have a law requiring the use of carbon monoxide detectors in the home. Pennsylvania also leads the nation in carbon monoxide-related poisonings and deaths.

The requirements in Act 121 of 2013 will officially take effect in June 2015. However, Farry recommended homeowners not wait for the law to take effect.

“Homeowners shouldn’t wait for this bill to take effect,” he said. “This basic, inexpensive device can mean the difference between life and death.”

Representative Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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