New Bill in Congress Aims to Prevent Generator-Related Deaths and Injuries
The bill, endorsed by CR, would lead to a mandatory safety standard for portable generators to stop carbon monoxide poisonings
For more than a decade, Consumer Reports has been advocating for improved portable generator safety. As part of that effort, CR has endorsed a bill by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) to require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to institute a mandatory safety standard for generators within one year.
The bill hit the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 9, when Rep. Rush introduced H.R. 8928, the Portable Generator Safety STANDARD Act.
“Between 2005 and 2019, nearly 1,000 Americans have suffered preventable deaths due to an abhorrent absence of mandatory safety measures related to portable generators," he said.
During Hurricane Laura this year, he added, many Americans died not due to the storm itself but because of the poisonous gas being released from a product they presumed was safe. “With the introduction of the Portable Generator Safety STANDARD Act, we take the first step in correcting this injustice," Rush said. "And although this bill may not be able to bring back those we’ve lost, or repair the injuries suffered by countless others, it will ensure that these products are safer moving forward and will hopefully prevent others from suffering a similar fate.”