Maine advocates for expanded CO alarm requirements

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By Lisa Braxton

In the wake of an incident in which guests at a Maine resort got sick earlier this year from carbon monoxide (CO), a proposal is heading to the legislature requiring CO alarms in all homes and hotels.

According to 2012, are required to have CO alarms. The bill would expand the requirement to all structures where people sleep.

In February, 21 guests at the Ogunquit Resort were sickened when CO gas leaked from a broken pipe intended to vent fumes from a propane furnace.

NFPA’s web page on CO alarms, the Carbon Monoxide Safety tips sheet, and the Carbon Monoxide Alarms community tool kit for the fire service provide materials to educate the public about the dangers of the odorless, colorless gas.

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Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


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