U.S. House of Representatives passes two bills aimed at reducing carbon monoxide poisoning

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation (the CO Alerts Act) to provide $305 million for carbon monoxide detectors in federally-subsidized public housing that are installed to meet standards described in chapters 9 and 11 of the Code Council’s 2018 International Fire Code. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has also expressed support for the measure. A second bill also passed, HR 1618, which provides grants to states for carbon monoxide poisoning prevention where they have adopted the 2015 or 2018 IRC/IFC, or the 2019 NFPA 72. There have been four reports this year of deaths caused by carbon monoxide poisoning in public housing complexes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports 50,000 people are sickened by carbon monoxide annually, resulting in 430 deaths.