Des Moines considers carbon monoxide detector mandate
Carbon monoxide detectors would be required in all rented homes and apartments under a proposed Des Moines ordinance presented to the City Council this week.
Why it matters: Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless gas sometimes released by malfunctioning furnaces that can lead to brain damage and death.
- At least 430 people die and about 50,000 others are hospitalized each year because of accidental CO poisoning, according to the CDC.
- The Des Moines requirement would apply to all rentals as a way to avoid confusion and better protect public safety, SuAnn Donovan, assistant director of the city Neighborhood Services division, told the council.
Of note: CO detectors can be purchased for under $20.
What's next: The council is expected to vote on the requirement in coming weeks.
- Enforcement would be phased in over the next 2.5 years as renewal inspections are completed.
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