DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, WISCONSIN FIRE OFFICIALS, SAFETY AND INDUSTRY LEADERS JOIN IN RECOGNITION OF CARBON MONOXIDE AWARENESS WEEK.
February 16, 2010–On behalf of Governor Scott Walker; Tom Nardelli, Department of Commerce Division Administrator for Safety & Buildings, joined with representatives from the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association; Wisconsin Builders Association; Wisconsin REALTORS Association and Safe Kids Wisconsin, to proclaim February 7-13, 2011 as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Tuesday’s event and Governor Walker’s proclamation are aimed and educating the public about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and ways to prevent CO poisonings.
“Carbon monoxide, dubbed the “silent killer,” is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is highly toxic,” said Dave Bloom, Town of Madison Fire Chief. “CO can cause death within minutes of exposure. We appreciate Governor Walker announcing February 7-13, 2011 as CO Awareness Week to help educate the public about this common danger.”
Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisonings. Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause dizziness, severe headache, unconsciousness and even death. Common sources exist in most homes, including fuel-burning appliances, fire places, and idling vehicles. On average, about 400 people in the United States die and 20,000 people are injured each year from CO poisoning. A new state law, effective February 1, 2011, requires a carbon monoxide alarm on each level of all one- and two-family residences having any fuel burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.
“This new law will help ensure the safety of all Wisconsin citizens because we know carbon monoxide alarms are the most effective way to prevent carbon monoxide poisonings,” added Chief Bloom. “We thank all those present today for their efforts to raise awareness about the new law and the dangers of carbon monoxide.”
At Tuesday’s event, 500 carbon monoxide alarms were donated by Kidde, a manufacturer of fire and carbon monoxide safety products, to several local fire departments across Wisconsin. The alarms will be distributed through the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association as well as local builders and REALTORS.
“As an association whose role is to drive good housing policy, the WBA and our members support this important safety initiative,” said Jerry Deschane, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Builders Association. “Declaring CO Awareness Week is another tool to recognize the dangers of carbon monoxide.”
A previously passed law, effective April 1, 2010, requires CO alarms in all multi-family dwellings with any fuel burning appliance. The new law extends the same safety protection to ensure all homes will have CO alarms. The State Fire Chiefs, Builders and REALTORS Associations, and Safe Kids Wisconsin worked collaboratively with the bill sponsors, Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) and then-Governor Doyle to enact the law.
“The safety of Wisconsin homeowners is greatly improved with the implementation of this new law,” said Tom Larson, Wisconsin REALTORS Association. “The Wisconsin REALTORS Association was pleased to be part of this effort and part of CO Awareness Week.”
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