A new bill in the Iowa Senate would require carbon monoxide detectors in all single-family Iowa homes. The measure passed on a vote of 37-11. The law would put the detectors on the same level as smoke detectors.

Statistics show that in the past five years, carbon monoxide poisoning has resulted in 20 deaths annually in Iowa, with up to 300 more emergency room visits that result in around 40 hospitalizations. We live in a home that has an older furnace. We have in inspected every year, but we have always had carbon monoxide detectors in our house, especially after we had kids. There is a reason it's called a silent killer. Before you detect it, it could be too late.

The bill now heads to the Iowa House for consideration. If approved, the law would take effect in July of 2018.

[via Cedar Rapids Gazette]