Rick Hansen targets poisonous ice arenas

Minnesota Rep. Rick Hansen

Minnesota Rep. Rick Hansen

State Rep. Rick Hansen is backing a bill aimed at making the ice safer in our State of Hockey. HF3512 would require all existing indoor ice arenas to have Department of Health-approved electronic carbon monoxide monitoring devices by January 2011, along with alarms and fans that activate if carbon monoxide in an arena reaches a dangerous levels. New ice arenas would be required to have the detectors, alarms and ventilation systems in place before opening.

The latest version of the bill can be viewed by clicking here.

A story in today's Star Tribune explains the issue: Ice grooming machines like those made by Zamboni are a source of potentially lethal carbon monoxide and nitrous oxide; last year, 12 Maple Grove peewee hockey players with CO poisoning had to be taken to the emergency room.