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NEMA-Backed Carbon Monoxide Bill signed into law in California.

Press Release Summary:

May 19, 2010 - On May 7, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 (SB 183) was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. SB 183 requires existing homes and dwelling units to be outfitted with carbon monoxide alarms beginning July 2011. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, enactment of this bill and adoption of similar provisions in 2010 state codes will reduce likelihood of carbon monoxide poisoning and protect health and safety of California's families and tourists.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA-Backed Carbon Monoxide Bill Signed into Law in California

Press release date: May 11, 2010

ROSSLYN, Va., -NEMA-championed legislation, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 (SB 183), was signed into law by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on May 7, 2010.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, this is a significant win for the citizens of California and the life safety community and industry.

"The enactment of this bill-and the adoption of similar provisions in the 2010 state codes-will reduce the likelihood of carbon monoxide poisoning and protect the health and safety of California's families and tourists," Gaddis said.

SB 183 requires existing homes and dwelling units to be outfitted with carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, beginning in July 2011. The new law will complement provisions in the 2010 California Residential Code and 2010 California Building Code that require the installation of CO detection and notification devices in new dwellings in the state, beginning in January 2011. With passage of this law, California joins more than two dozen other states in requiring CO protection in homes and other residential and commercial occupancies.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning death in the United States. High concentrations of CO-a colorless, odorless gas that is produced when fossil fuel is incompletely burned-can cause cognitive impairment, loss of consciousness, coma, and often death. Carbon monoxide detection and notification devices installed in residential and other dwellings provide an effective way to reduce the incidence of CO poisoning.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association's Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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