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Klobuchar seeking federal carbon monoxide legislation modeled on Minnesota law

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., today introduced a bill aimed at reducing the deaths and injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The act is modeled after similar legislation in Minnesota and would require the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to enforce stronger standards to protect people against carbon monoxide, according to the Minnesota Democrat’s office.

“When someone dies from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s not just a private tragedy,” said Klobuchar in a statement. “It’s a public tragedy, too. Because we know that, so often, it could have been prevented with better safeguards.”

The Product Safety Commission currently has voluntary standards for carbon monoxide alarms. Klobuchar’s bill would make those standards mandatory for all carbon monoxide alarms sold in the United States.

In addition, the legislation would require the commission to complete its review on whether portable generators sold in the United States can be equipped with safety mechanisms that detect the level of carbon monoxide in the surrounding area and automatically turn off the generator if those levels are too high, according to Klobuchar’s office.

Minnesota’s state law requires all homes to have working carbon monoxide detectors.

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