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.