Politics & Government

N.C. House toughens carbon monoxide alerts

The N.C. House on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill broadening and clarifying laws on carbon monoxide alerts in hotels and other lodgings.

Passed 114-0, the bill mirrors a measure passed last month by the Senate and comes as a response to last year’s deaths at a Boone hotel.

Like the Senate measure, the bill would require carbon monoxide alarms, not just detectors, near heaters, appliances and fireplaces that burn combustion fuels. It applies to extended-stay tourist homes, bed and breakfast properties, as well as hotels.

The bill would rewrite portions of a law enacted last year after three people died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the Best Western in Boone. Jim Morrill