Hundreds of people die accidently each year from carbon monoxide poisoning. A bill sponsored by Sen. Nick Harper which received unanimous support on the Senate floor Saturday will help make carbon monoxide alarms more prevalent in Washington homes.
Senate Bill 6472 requires that a seller disclosure form include whether or not a home has carbon monoxide alarms installed. A seller disclosure form is a document which lists pertinent information about a home, things such as the sewer/water system, electrical system, roof, etc.
A law passed in 2010 requires that carbon monoxide alarms be included in all homes built or sold after the effective date of the law. But many sellers were unaware of the law. SB 6472 will make sure that they are of the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms.
“You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but it has the potential to kill a person literally within minutes,” Harper said. “Carbon monoxide alarms are just as important as smoke detectors. They are a valuable public safety tool and should be in every home.”
The bill will now head to the House of Representatives for further consideration.