Sen. Cassidy introduces Safe Generators Save Lives Act to prevent carbon monoxide deaths

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FILE – In this July 24, 2020, file photo, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., delivers remarks to media after registering as a candidate to run as an incumbent in Baton Rouge, La. More than a dozen unions and citizens’ groups say unemployed workers will demonstrate at U.S. senators’ offices in nine Louisiana cities to demand continued $600 federal coronavirus unemployment benefits. Sens. Cassidy and John Kennedy are among Republicans supporting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to cut that benefit to $200 a week on top of state unemployment pay. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

WASHINGTON D.C. (BRPROUD) — Senator Bill Cassidy has introduced the Safe Generators Save Lives Act to prevent carbon monoxide deaths due to generators.

Cassidy’s bill would require new portable generators to automatically turn off when carbon monoxide levels reach dangerous highs, require power cords to be at least 30 feet long and clear markings on exhaust ports.

“When you lose electricity, you need a generator if you are going to live. That’s true whether it’s a hurricane, like Laura, an ice storm as we had during the winter, or now, Hurricane Ida. But if you don’t use it safely, you’re more likely to die from carbon monoxide poisoning than from the event that took out your electricity—that’s what happened after Hurricane Laura. I’m introducing a bill which will increase the safety in the use of these generators. It’s part of our preparation. It’s part of resiliency. It’s what we must do to be prepared,” said Cassidy.

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