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NEMA-Championed Carbon Monoxide Bill approved by House.

Press Release Summary:

Aug 30, 2010 - U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation backed by NEMA to promote use of quality, effective carbon monoxide detection and notification devices. The Residential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, HR 1796, requires U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to promulgate ANSI/UL Standard 2034, Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms, and Standard 2075, Standard for Gas and Vapor Detectors and Sensors, as mandatory consumer product safety rules.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

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NEMA-Championed Carbon Monoxide Bill Approved by House

Press release date: Aug 28, 2010

ROSSLYN, Va., - The U.S. House of Representatives today approved legislation backed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to promote the use of quality, effective carbon monoxide (CO) detection and notification devices.

The Residential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, HR 1796, sponsored by Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT), requires the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to promulgate the American National Standards Institute / Underwriters Laboratories (ANSI/UL) Standard 2034, Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms, and Standard 2075, Standard for Gas and Vapor Detectors and Sensors, as mandatory consumer product safety rules.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, the bill contains many changes recommended by NEMA to ensure conformance to the most recent versions of the national consensus standards for CO alarms and detectors and to preserve consumer choice.

"NEMA applauds the House's attention to this life-and-death issue and commends Representative Matheson for his leadership in the fight to reduce carbon monoxide poisoning," Gaddis said. "NEMA stands ready to work with the Senate to further advance this legislation and make additional technical changes to maximize its effectiveness for consumers."

Once the CPSC acts, CO alarms that do not meet ANSI/UL Standard 2034 and CO detectors that do not meet the ANSI/UL 2075 Standard will not be available for sale in the U.S. The legislation also establishes a federal grant program to provide funds to states that enact CO detection requirements to be used for the installation of alarms in the homes of vulnerable populations, public education, and training of fire code enforcement officials.

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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