Mass. legislature considers carbon monoxide bill

Posted at: 06/20/2014 5:13 PM
Updated at: 06/20/2014 7:19 PM
By: WNYT Staff

A bill that requires carbon monoxide detectors in schools and restaurants is making its way through the Massachusetts legislature.

The Senate approved the bill on Thursday and sent it to the House.

Schools and restaurants would have up to five years to retrofit their fire alarm system to include carbon monoxide alarms.

Until then, they would be required to have battery powered carbon monoxide detectors.

The bill would create a $7.5 million trust fund will help cover the costs.

Carbon monoxide detectors are already required in most Massachusetts homes since 2006 thanks to Nicole’s Law.

The law was named after Nicole Garofalo, a 7-year-old who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in January 2005.

A similar law called Amanda’s Law went into effect in New York State in 2010, requiring all one and two story homes to have carbon monoxide detectors.

That law was named after Amanda Hansen – a teenage girl from Buffalo who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2009.

In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill last December, calling to the State Education Department to study how to pay for carbon monoxide detectors in all schools.