No CO detector rule for now in Glenwood Springs |

No CO detector rule for now in Glenwood Springs

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Glenwood Springs plans to wait on pending state legislation before pursuing its own carbon monoxide detector requirements.

Some state legislators are lobbying for passage of a law that would require carbon monoxide detectors in new homes and apartments.

The Colorado House of Representatives passed the bill Tuesday. It’s on its way to the Senate.

“I don’t know whether the council would want to wait to see what happens with the state Legislature to see if that’s sufficient, or do something more,” City Attorney Jan Shute said Thursday during a City Council meeting.

The pending state bill deals primarily with construction requiring a building permit, though it could require landlords to install new CO detectors when rental units turn over, she said.

Council member Kris Chadwick said it makes sense for the city to see what the state does first.

“I would support doing something affirmatively with this, but I agree if the state’s working on something right now it doesn’t make a lot of sense for us to jump in right away,” said Mayor Bruce Christensen said.

He suggested revisiting CO detector requirements if the state legislation doesn’t pass or if it doesn’t go far enough.

Councilman Russ Arensman said it makes sense to see what happens with the bill, but he noted it would be easy to pass local CO detector requirements.

“The potential cost to residents is minimal,” he said. “They really do save lives.”

Interest in carbon monoxide detector requirements intensified after the Nov. 28 deaths of the Lofgren family at a home near Aspen. The CO leak thought to cause their deaths reportedly came from a disconnected boiler exhaust pipe. Weeks later, a woman in an apartment near the University of Denver also died from CO poisoning.

Aspen and Pitkin County both strengthened their existing carbon monoxide detector requirements after the Lofgren tragedy. Glenwood Springs has no requirements.

An estimated 500 people per year are killed in the United States by the odorless gas.

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