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Klobuchar aims to raise awareness for carbon monoxide poisoning

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., have introduced a Senate resolution designating the week of Nov. 5-12 as National Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Awareness Week, according to a news release from Klobuchar's office.

The resolution honors the Burt family from Kimball, Minn. and three adults and a child from Blanchard, N.D. who died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

"As the cold winter months approach, raising awareness is the first critical step in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning," said Klobuchar. "National Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Week will help provide families with the information they need to know and encourage the installation of detectors to safeguard against this dangerous 'silent killer.'"

She introduced the Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, named after two young brothers who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in 1996. The legislation would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide support for public safety education and the installation of safe and reliable carbon monoxide detectors, the release stated.