Illinois Considers Requiring CO Detectors in All Homes


The state of Illinois is considering requiring carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all residences. The Illinois Senate’s Housing and Community Affairs Committee passed a bill on to the full Senate a bill designed to protect residents from CO poisoning by requiring the CO detectors in homes.

Illinois’ largest city, Chicago, has required CO detectors since 1994. New York City instituted a similar requirement on Nov. 1.

In addition, the Colorado city of Hanson will be putting before voters a measure that would require CO detectors in most new homes.

Among states, Alaska started a requirement this year for CO detectors in homes, while Connecticut is considering a bill to require CO detectors in all new homes.

Sen. Don Harmon (D) is sponsoring Illinois Senate Bill 2086. A companion bill, House Bill 3690 by Rep. Daniel Burke (D), is being heard in the Illinois House and is still in committee.

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