Bill To Make CO Detectors Mandatory Goes To Governor

Date posted - April 7, 2016

smoke alarmNorthwest Iowa — If you’re planning to build a new home or apartment building after July 1st, 2018, you’ll be required to include carbon monoxide alarms if Governor Branstad signs a bill sent to him by the Iowa Legislature.

That’s Senator Jeff Danielson, a Democrat from Cedar Falls.  Danielson says he’s been “pleasantly surprised” the idea has now earned bipartisan support after unsuccessful tries in previous years.

Existing RENTAL units in Iowa would be required to have carbon monoxide detectors if the bill becomes law, but installing a carbon monoxide detector would be VOLUNTARY in existing, single-family homes.

About 300 Iowans wind up in an emergency room each year to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning and officials say about 20 Iowans die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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