Changes made to Sophia’s Law

Two years ago, Minnesota passed the first comprehensive carbon monoxide law for boaters in the United States. The law was in response to the tragic death in 2015 of seven-year-old Sophia Baechler, who passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning while boating with her parents. While carbon monoxide detectors are common in homes, many people didn’t think to have them on their boats. This law requires certain boats that have an enclosed accommodation compartment to have a CO detector installed. This session, an amendment was added to current law to allow the use of stand-alone carbon monoxide monitors along with the current marine CO monitors. Having both monitors permissible under statute will provide boaters significantly greater protection from CO poisoning. (HF 3755)