REQUIRING CO DETECTORS Lawmakers Look At Mandate To Protect Hotel Guests
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Bob Aaron, John Tincher, Larry Clark
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Feb. 1, 2012 7:42 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 1, 2012 7:52 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
It's something people do every day. Check into a hotel.
Very little thought is given to the possibility that it could be a fatal experience.
But that's what happened Monday at the South Charleston Holiday Inn Express, when a man and more than a dozen people went to the hospital following a carbon monoxide leak.
The hotel does not have CO detectors. State lawmakers, many of whom spend their nights during the session in hotel rooms...say the tragedy has brought an important issue to light. The House Judiciary Chairman says legislation requiring carbon monoxide monitors in hotels is something worth looking at.
The mayors of South Charleston and Charleston...two cities which depend heavily on hotel business...say they're in favor of putting CO detectors in hotels to try and avoid any future tragedies.
All of the elected leaders say they want to work with the hotel industry to ensure any new regulations would serve to protect their overnight guests.