BOSTON (AP) — A bill mandating carbon monoxide alarms in schools and restaurants is making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature.
On Thursday the Senate approved the bill which would require schools with fossil fuel burning equipment to retrofit their fire alarms systems to include carbon monoxide alarms.
Schools would have up to five years to combine the systems. Until then, they would be required to have battery powered carbon monoxide alarms.
The bill would create a $7.5 million Carbon Monoxide Trust Fund will help cover the costs.
The bill would also require restaurants to integrate carbon monoxide alarms into their fire alarm systems when undergoing a significant remodel or construction, and would mandate all homes be inspected for working smoke alarms before their sale or transfer.
The bill now heads to the Massachusetts House.