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Co detectors mandatory on LOW?

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I heard a guy from "up north"on the radio today proposing that co detectors could be made mandatory on LOW.What have you guys heard about this topic?c63

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mnhunter 3815

never heard of it.

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curt quesnell

There was talk about it after the recent tragedy. Lake of the

Woods county was going to implement that rule. It would apply

to outfitters (that are already doing a good job anyway).

They needed to respond in some positive way and thats what they

came up with.

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Scott M

Star Tribune

Associated Press article

A northern Minnesota sheriff would like to require fish houses on Lake of the Woods to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors.

That follows the recent carbon monoxide deaths of two fisherman from southern Minnesota's Steele County on the big lake.

Lake of the Woods County Sheriff Dallas Block doesn't want it to happen again. So he says he's going to recommend the county board pass an ordinance requiring CO detectors in fish houses on the lake.

Block says inspections for CO detectors could be done before the houses are allowed out on the ice.

He says local resorts have the detectors in their fish houses -- but he says the real concerns are the private fish houses

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I can see how a tragedy like that would have a profound impact on someone, especially when you are on the front lines for these sort of things. But when I heard a few sound clips of Mr. Block on the radio, he was mentioning all the sleeper businesses around the state and how many people are at risk, and it sounded like he wanted to take his proposal to the state. I just feel that requiring these detectors could be really tough for sleeper businesses. Most sleeper businesses have a hard enough time keeping the lights and heat on without having rattle reels, dippers, bait, and batteries stolen, not to mention keeping places clean and well-supplied. What would stop some fisherman from just taking the batteries out of the unit, or ripping it down (I'm thinking of the weekend party crowd that came to drink and not fish)? Sheriff Block has a great idea and the best intentions, but I just see it as really hard to enforce and would require too much government oversight. Who checks the units? Who gets checked? What are the penalties for those who fail? Too much hassle. If I was running rentals, I'd put them in as most do, or at least make sure that my renters understand that they need to always have ventilation. Good quality heaters go a long way too, since they burn more cleanly and don't give off dangerous gases. Rental businesses need a lot of insurance...even though this happened in a private fish house, it could just as easily have happened in a rental.

For the permanent private fish house owner, I hope that it is an eye opener and that some will purchase a CO detector to prevent a tragedy in their own shanty. But for the record I would be against CO detector checks. It's overlegislation IMO.

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mnhunter 3815

i agree about the CO detector checks.they shouldnt have them.i for 1 have a co detector in my house but i take it home with me everytime i leave.i take home all the stuff thats worth money.

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Jiggin Machine

Unfortunately the Government cannot protect us from everything. Especially ourselves. Although this a very sad incedent it really isn't any different than someone leaving the plowed road and driving on thin ice. There comes a point in time when you need to protect yourself and others in your command. As far as rental houses go again I say "don't rent from those without detectors". I am not directing this at anyone and my heart goes out to the families of this particular tragedy. Hopefully we all learn something from this.

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I disagree with the whole idea. Why legislate common sense and pass an ordinace that will be complety unenforceable. Who will be doing the inspections? Who will go around from house to house making sure that the batteries are good? I understand the good intent, but there are more important things in this state to legislate then this. Besides the best inforcement tool is a good wife to slap us around, that is who made me get a CO detector years ago, now I would not be without one.

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I dont think their would be a way to make manditory in private houses, bussiness houses probabley an they already do a great job at it an Im sure they equip their sleepers with vented heaters an co detectors. They best thing anyone can do to try an prevent such a tragedy is to educate themselves an others. Those of us here at fishing MN can do alot to help educate. Ask your local radio station to issue an public sevice anouncement for ice fisherman to protect themselves against CO poisoning for the upcoming season give them a list of things to do an how to safley equip their house againt the dangers. If it cost money to run the anouncement then our local moderaters can pass the hat to FM members, I'll give. We can have posters or warnings put up at local bait shops. How about local news station to air a public service anouncement. I'm sure they'll gladly do a story on the dangers of CO an how to protect yourselves while icefishing. Education is the best preventitive maintenance there is. You see an hear all the time about of such announcements, its time to get the word out an do our part for our hard water brotheren. Ive seen more newbies to icefishing on this forum this season than in past. Lets do our part so we dont' have to read such terrible news the next time we want to surf our favorite topic. My two cents, Boar

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chris63

Thanks for all your interesting replies.........so sad about the guys losing their lives.........c63

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