CO Death Prompts Ordinance in Pennsylvania Town


In Alburtis, Pa., officials enacted an ordinance requiring carbon monoxide (CO) detectors be installed in residential facilities and rental properties after the poisonous gas caused the death of a guest in an Upper Macungie Township hotel.

Alburtis appears to be the first municipality in the area to adopt an ordinance requiring CO detectors, according to The Morning Call. Upper Macungie supervisors also plan to adopt an ordinance.

The rule requires apartment buildings, hotels, day care and long-term care facilities, group homes and dormitories to install CO detectors. Facilities capable of hosting a public assembly of 100 or more people, such as restaurants, theaters and meeting halls, are also required to install the safety devices, according to the newspaper.

The ordinance will take effect Nov. 15.

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