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Carbon Monoxide detectors must be made mandatory for homes – Ellis

15 January, 2013 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin TD and Housing Spokesperson Dessie Ellis has called on the government to introduce legislation which would make the installation of carbon monoxide detectors mandatory.

Deputy Ellis continued;

“The installation of these detectors is a vital step in ensuring against carbon monoxide poisoning. Most homes in the state have smoke detectors but systems for detecting carbon monoxide are not nearly as common. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer and precautions must be taken.

“There is a precedent for such legislation. Colorado in the United States has the installation of such detectors as mandatory for the sale or lease of any residential property. California and New York have similar laws.

“These detectors would be a small price to pay if they were to save a life. I will be raising this with the Minister for Environment in the Dáil in the coming weeks.”

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