Florida Senate - 2017                            (NP)    SR 1784
       By Senator Flores
       39-02135-17                                           20171784__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing November 2017 as “Carbon
    3         Monoxide Awareness Month” in Florida.
    5         WHEREAS, carbon monoxide is produced by common household
    6  appliances, motor vehicles, generators, fireplaces, furnaces,
    7  and other devices powered by the burning of fuel, including
    8  natural gas, propane, gasoline, oil, and wood, and
    9         WHEREAS, carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer”
   10  because it is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless poisonous gas
   11  that can be fatal when inhaled, and
   12         WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
   13  reports that carbon monoxide claims approximately 50 lives each
   14  year and that carbon monoxide exposure sends more than 20,000
   15  people to emergency rooms annually, and
   16         WHEREAS, the Mayo Clinic has determined that 51 percent of
   17  all carbon monoxide poisoning cases reported involve children 6
   18  years of age and younger, and
   19         WHEREAS, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has
   20  determined that older adults more frequently have health
   21  conditions affecting the heart, lungs, and circulatory system,
   22  and that the presence of one or more of these conditions lowers
   23  these individuals’ tolerance for carbon monoxide exposure and
   24  increases the risk of death from such exposure, and
   25         WHEREAS, the Carbon Monoxide Health and Safety Association
   26  has determined that the combined medical cost of carbon monoxide
   27  accidents, lost productivity, and lost wages amounts to $8.8
   28  billion annually, and
   29         WHEREAS, public education and awareness about carbon
   30  monoxide poisoning are critical to protecting the residents of
   31  this state from the dangers of this deadly gas and reducing risk
   32  factors in the home, and
   33         WHEREAS, carbon monoxide alarms have been determined to be
   34  the most effective way to detect carbon monoxide, and there is a
   35  dramatic correlation between the adoption of local carbon
   36  monoxide alarm ordinances and a decrease in death rates from
   37  exposure, NOW, THEREFORE,
   39  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   41         That November 2017 is recognized as “Carbon Monoxide
   42  Awareness Month” in Florida.