Requiring carbon monoxide detectors in apartments


DETECTORS SHOULD BE REQUIRED IN NEW INDIANA APARTMENTS OR HOMES? THAT QUESTION IS COMING UP IN CONVERSATION ACROSS THE STATE. 24-HOUR NEWS 8’S STATEHOUISE BUREAU CHIEF, DAVID WILLIAMS IS LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM TO EXPLAIN. (CAM 5) MOST OF THIS STARTED IN RECENT MONTHS AFTER OFFICIALS IN MICHIGAN CITY…UP IN NORTHWEST INDIANA…ASKED A STATE COMMISSION TO APPROVE AN ORDIANCE THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE INSTALLATION OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN ALL NEW CONSTRUCTION. (DAVID WILLIAMS REPORTING) CARBON MONOXIDE CAN BE DEADLY. YOU CAN’T SMELL IT, AND IT’S COLORLESS. ((TIM GRIFFIN/CARMEL FIRE DEPARTMENT / @ 05:18:30 “IT’S A SILENT KILLER.” : )) FIREFIGHTERS AT THE CARMEL FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPOND TO CALLS DEALING WITH THE DEADLY GAS. (( TIM GRIFFIN/ @ 05:21:45: “WE EVEN CARRY CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS ON ALL OF OUR EMS BAGS. SO ON EVERY RUN WHEN WE GO IN, WE’RE MONITORING A HOME, EVEN IF IT’S NOT A CALL FOR CARBON MONOXIDE.” )) THEY CHAMPION THE DEVICES INSIDE APARTMENTS AND HOME ((GRIFFIN @ 05:19:15 “WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THEM OUTSIDE THE BEDROOM, AND AT BED HEIGHT. THAT’S WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO BE MOST VULNERABLE. WHEN YOU GO TO SLEEP, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN HEAR IT.” / : )) RIGHT NOW, THE INDIANA APARTMENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, LYNNE PETERSEN, TELLS ME THERE’S NO STATE LAW REQUIRING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN HOMES OR APARTMENTS. IN A STATEMENT SHE TELLS ME QUOTE ” WE SUPPORT THE STATEWIDE CODE RIGHT NOW THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN COMMERCIAL DWELLINGS, I.E APARTMENTS, BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT A PATCHWORK OF COMMUNITIES HAVING THEIR OWN RULES.” ((GRIFFIN @05:19:48 “FOR US, WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO HAVE THEM IN YOUR HOME, OR YOUR APARTMENT.” / : )) BACK AT THE FIRE STATION FIREFIGHTER TIM GRIFFIN SAYS IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY A CO2 DETECTOR…. (( GRIFFIN @ 05:21:37 “WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE WE GET ONE TO THEM.” / : )) PETERSEN ADDED QUOTE “IF THE COMMISSION DECIDES TO REWRITE THE CODE TO REQUIRE CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN APARTMENTS, WE WOULD DEFINITELY BE WILLING TO TALK ABOUT IT AND LOOK AT THE PROPOSAL.” (DAVID) I DID A LITTLE RESEARCH AND FOUND C-O-2 DETECTORS AVAILABLE ONLINE ANYWHERE FROM $8.99 ON UP PAST 60 DOLLARS. IF YOU’D LIKE HELP TO GET A FREE CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR FOR YOUR APARTMENT OR HOME, GRIFFIN SAYS IT’S BEST TO CALL YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT AND SEE IF THEY CAN HELP OUT. LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, DAVID WILLIAMS, 24 HOUR NEWS 8. (PHIL)

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