Hagedorn Supports Bill to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Honor Rochester Family

September 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – This evening, Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) voted for H.R. 1618, the “Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2019.” 

The legislation honors the memory of Nicholas and Zachary Burt of Rochester, who tragically died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty furnace in their parents’ home in December 1995, and aims to prevent further tragedy at the hands of carbon monoxide poisoning by establishing a grant program that provides assistance to states for taking preventative measures – such as installing alarms in public facilities.

“As winter in Minnesota approaches, it is critical that we all take safety precautions to ensure that our homes and public buildings are safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. I encourage everyone to ensure that their furnaces and water heaters are inspected yearly, and to always keep functioning carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home,” said Hagedorn. “This bill is a positive step towards keeping American families safe from this silent killer. I thank Todd and Cheryl Burt for their dedicated advocacy on this issue.”

For additional information on carbon monoxide poisoning, preventative measures and the story of the Burt family, click here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.​