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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 7, 2019 02:33 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Carbon Monoxide Detectors

In the near future, I plan on reintroducing a package of bills that would require carbon monoxide detectors in college and university dorms, hotels and other lodging establishments, k-12 schools and child care facilities if the facility uses a fossil fuel-burning heater or appliance or has an attached garage.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane and natural gas. In high concentration, carbon monoxide can cause headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pains, confusion and ultimately death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, carbon monoxide poisoning is responsible for approximately 20,000 emergency department visits and more than 400 deaths annually in the United States.

Carbon monoxide deaths are entirely preventable there is no reason why these facilities should not have this alert system to warn individuals and possibly avoid unnecessary deaths. Averaging around $20 a detector, this is a small price tag to put on an individual life.

These bills were introduced as SB 436-439 during the 2017-18 session and co-sponsors included Senators Brewster, Costa, Haywood, Hughes, Browne and Tartaglione.

Document #1

Introduced as SB427

Description: Dorms of institutions of higher education including universities within the State System of Higher Education, community colleges, State-related institutions, and any college or university which is operated not for profit. 

Document #2

Introduced as SB428

Description: Lodging establishment includes a hotel, motel, inn, guest house, hostelry, or other structure that provides temporary accommodations.  

Document #3

Introduced as SB429

Description: Schools include a public, charter, regional charter, and cyber charter schools.  

Document #4

Introduced as SB430

Description: Child care facilities includes a boarding home for children, child care center and a nursery school that is licensed and regulated by the Commonwealth.