The Senate today concurred on House amendments to Senate Bill 607, Senator Pat Browne’s bill that would establish the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards Act. SB 607 now goes to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law.
The Pennsylvania Building Code requires all newly constructed homes and certain existing homes that have fossil fuel-burning heaters or appliances and/or an attached garage to install a carbon monoxide detector. SB 607 adds the following standards:
- For residential buildings, seller must disclose information regarding the installation of carbon monoxide detectors on the property disclosure statement.
- For multi-family dwellings, each apartment in a dwelling with a fossil fuel-burning heater/appliance, fireplace or an attached garage must have an operational, centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm.
- For rental properties, the owner of dwellings with a fossil fuel-burning heater or appliance, fireplace or an attached garage must ensure that working carbon monoxide alarms are located in the vicinity of the bedrooms and the heater or fireplace.
“According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania leads the nation in fatalities as a result of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning,” Senator Browne said. “Senate Bill 607 is intended to protect our citizens from the dangers of this odorless, colorless, tasteless and very deadly gas. The best way to address this danger is prevention through the installation of carbon monoxide detectors.”