For Immediate Release: March 13, 2007
Senator Richard Lerblance
Senate Passes Measure to Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors
in Hospitals/Nursing Homes
The State Senate on Tuesday approved a measure that would
require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in structures
such as hospitals, nursing homes, apartments, houses and nurseries.
Richard Lerblance, author of Senate Bill 133, said the measure
would protect Oklahomans from harmful levels of carbon monoxide
omissions. From January 2006 to September 2006, the Oklahoma
Poison Control Center responded to 84 instances of carbon monoxide
poisoning, including two fatalities.
concentrations of carbon monoxide can kill in a matter of minutes,
and it’s important that we take steps to protect people
from this hazard in indoor areas,” said Lerblance, D-Hartshorne. “Every
year, thousands across the country are affected by carbon monoxide
poisoning in situations that could be avoided if carbon monoxide
detectors were in place.”
noted that excessive carbon monoxide emissions can come from
such sources as furnaces, boilers and water heaters.
monoxide detectors can save lives,” Lerblance said. “This
bill is especially important for our hospitals, nurseries and
other areas we expect to be the safest possible environments
for our citizens.”
measure would also apply to structures such as convalescent
homes, auditoriums, churches, theatres, hotels, auditoriums
and child care institutions.
For more information contact:
Senator Lerblance's Office - (405) 521-5604