New law mandates CO detectors

Sunday, February 1, 2009

PHILADELPHIA--The  city of  brotherly love has become the latest municipality to mandate the use of carbon monoxide detectors.

On Dec. 17, the Philadelphia Fire Department, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and city councilwoman Donna Reed Miller announced the enactment of the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Law, which will require all new home construction and current multifamily homes to have CO detectors.

A number of companies and entities are donating alarms and money, as well as participating in discount programs. Fire detection company Kidde donated 1,000 detectors, while the city health department donated another 570 for distribution for free to needy families.

Music and show business pioneer Solomon “Kal” Rudman donated $5,000 to buy additional alarms.