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 firehouse.com the president of the state firefighters’ union is working with lawmakers to bring forward a bill during this legislative session. Current Maine law says that all rental units and newly purchased homes, as well as houses, hotels, and dormitories built or renovated after August 1, !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0a242e7970c-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0a242e7970c-320wi|alt=Cofactheet|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Cofactheet|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b8d0a242e7970c img-responsive!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.