by Minnesota DNR

In advance of the 2018 boating season, Minnesota will be the first state in the nation to require carbon monoxide detectors and warning stickers on certain boats. Sophia’s Law, named after 7-year-old Sophia Baechler, who died tragically from carbon monoxide poisoning while on her family’s boat, takes effect May 1. 

“Carbon monoxide is a hidden danger,” said Adam Block, boating law administrator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “The deadly gas is odorless, invisible and closely mimics signs of intoxication or seasickness. Even at low levels, carbon monoxide can be lethal.”

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